Reece James gives his verdict on overlapping Azpilicueta

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Under Frank Lampard, Reece James became the main right-back for the club, with Cesar Azpilicueta playing second fiddle this season. However, the appointment of Thomas Tuchel has brought about a change in system.

Reece James now features as a right wing-back, with Azpilicueta behind him in the right side of the back three.

Azpilicueta has a knack for overlapping from the right side of defence, and Reece James has now admitted that he has become used to it.

He told the official Chelsea website when asked if he has become used to Azpilicueta’s runs from deep: “Yeah, it’s taken a little bit of getting used to, to be fair. I’m not used to my centre-backs running past me, but I’ve played enough and it’s become normal now.

“It just comes back to understanding and I think as a team we’re growing as well. Game by game we’re getting stronger. Working together and working as a team is helping a lot. How hard we work in training is reflected on the pitch.”

Reece James also admitted that Azpilicueta has been very helpful to him.

He said: “He’s been at the club for a number of years and is a club legend. Playing in front of him is great and knowing I’ve got him behind me is a very good feeling as well. I always feel safe and secure on the pitch.

“Ever since I came into the senior squad, right from the start, he’s always been supporting and helping and guiding me and he still does that now.”

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