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Ben Chilwell was a key player for Frank Lampard before he was sacked in January.
New boss Thomas Tuchel came in with his own style and brought back Antonio Conte’s 2016 title winning system of 3-4-3.
Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea was against Wolves. Both sides played out a goalless draw in that game, and Ben Chilwell was taken off, having started the game in the left wing-back spot.
Ben Chilwell had struggled with the left wing-back position initially, before gaining back his place in the team.
Chilwell has now admitted that he had to learn how to play as a wing-back as he watched Alonso play, as he also hailed the mentorship of Thomas Tuchel.
“Where he (Tuchel) went from a back four to a back three, it probably suited Marcos a lot more,” explained Chilwell on Tuchel’s decision to drop him.
“I’ve not really played in a back five before. I played the first game against Wolves.
“I didn’t have my best game. I wasn’t really 100% on positioning and where I should be.
“When I came out of the team, I took it as an opportunity to learn in training.
“Learn off Marcos, what he’s doing when he’s plays. Ask the manager questions what he thinks I can improve to play.”
Chilwell has now won back his starting shirt and has blossomed in the left wing-back role after struggling at the start.