Tuchel reveals why he has preferred Alonso to Chilwell this season

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Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell is yet to make an appearance for Chelsea since the 2020-21 Champions League final against Man City in May.

Chilwell was named in England’s squad for Euro 2020 this summer but failed to make an appearance for England during the competition.

The 24-year-old then returned to Chelsea but has yet to play for the Blues this term with Marcos Alonso preferred at left-back.

Explaining why he has preferred Alonso to Chilwell this season, Tuchel said according to Goal: “For Ben Chilwell, it’s very easy.

“He came back with the latest group [after the Euros and holiday].

“When he arrived Marcos Alonso had five weeks in his legs from pre-season. He played the first competitive matches after a fantastic pre-season. He was simply way more ready physically which was natural because of the training session and his fantastic games.

“He played the Super Cup final and three Premier League games. Also, we only have three substitutions allowed and this is a huge problem.”

He added: “Chilly needed his time in training to adapt to the intensity. He is ready now but now wasn’t the time to push him into the cold water.

“It is a bit sad because you have more tactical opportunities if you have five changes. I don’t understand the arguments of the little teams that they have a disadvantage in this case. I was also a coach of a little team and I would have loved to have five players available.

“I would have made them run 16 kilometres against the top teams. I think it is a huge disadvantage in general in Europe but why do I complain?”

After the international break, Chilwell will hope to make his first appearance of the season in Chelsea’s match against Aston Villa on September 11.

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