Thomas Tuchel revealed that Ben Chilwell has been struggling mentally after failing to make a single appearance for England at the Euro 2020.
The 24 year old left-back is also yet to make an appearance for the Blues this season and Tuchel has now opened up on the situation with the left-back.
“It has absolutely been difficult for him and I think it is pretty normal,” Tuchel said on Chilwell in his pre-Zenit St Petersburg press conference on Monday.
“He came from a Champions League win, from 90 minutes and strong performances, a good end of the season where he played a lot of minutes for us and many important, crucial games on a high level.
“Then it was individually for him, personally a tough Euros because there were chances I think where he thought he could have played. He did not. So personally 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 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 – also now during the start of the season because Marcos [Alonso] was here the whole pre-season and he did every single training session and he took this opportunity with such huge quality and attitude, so Marcos was crucial for us in the first day of training and then he delivered in Chilly’s position and these are two specialists for the same position, so this is a tough competition for both of them.
“We had some talks with Chilly about the situation. He knows that I would have done the same thing the other way round – to trust him if he was here and showed this kind of personality and attitude like Marcos did. They push each other and there are no further worries for Chilly.”
Following Tuchel’s comments on Chilwell, Chelsea fans have been sending messages to the left-back to show their support.
@celeibe tweeted: “He ought to start tomorrow’s game. Chilly is still class.”
@DiegoB_O_ tweeted: “Come on Chilly. You have got all of our support.”
@cfcmoussa tweeted: “Poor guy, dropped a masterclass in the Champions League final but can’t get a chance.”
@kavs0613 tweeted: “Sending SO MUCH love and support to Ben Chilwell. You have got this.”