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Reece James was a regular under former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard but Thomas Tuchel’s willingness to rotate has seen him find himself more on the bench.
James has reacted to Tuchel’s decision to not always start him by claiming he respects the decision of the German tactician.
“We were all on it against Liverpool and that showed,” said James.
“The game last season was tough and we lost 5-3 but this season shows you how far we’ve progressed.
“He (Tuchel) is very funny and very passionate. He wants to win and that shows when he is on the sidelines, kicking and heading every ball.
“When you’re in a top team, you can’t always play. You have to keep working hard. He’s the manager, I have to respect his decisions.”