Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has explained why Ben Chilwell is yet to get game time for the Blues this season.
Tuchel has preferred Marcos Alonso to the England international this season.
According to Tuchel, Chilwell appeared to be ‘worrying’ and ‘mentally tired’ when he returned to Chelsea after failing to make an appearance for England at Euro 2020.
“It has absolutely been difficult for him and I think this is pretty normal,” said Tuchel.
“It was, for him, personally, a tough Euros because there were chances where he thought he could have played and he did not.
“I know that it was a tough one because you feel he did everything to push the team. You feel as part of the team but you don’t feel it really if you don’t sweat it out on the pitch and you never wear the shirt and you are never really involved, it is a strange feeling.
“It was necessary to keep training for four or five weeks continuously. Then he had a personal break and it was hard for him to totally relax and to get his personal disappointment like off the shoulders. When he arrived here, I felt him mentally tired. Still worrying about the situation and at the same time he had to accept.”
“He was very unlucky because Marcos was here the whole pre-season,” Tuchel added. “He took this opportunity with such huge quality and attitude. Marcos was crucial for us in the first days of training and then he delivered in Chilly’s position.’