“Reece James and Ben Chilwell aren’t defenders” – Tuchel reveals

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed he sees his wing-backs more as midfielders than defenders.

Chelsea wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell have already scored 7 goals for Chelsea in the Premier League this season.

Tuchel said: “I think this statistic will look a bit different if you interpret the wing-backs more as midfielders because if you play in a back three it is not really a full-back position, more of a midfield position.

“I would not call them defenders but they have to defend in some moments like defenders, but they are more free to attack the opponents’ box than they are in the role as a full-back.

“So it is necessary that they are included and we bring them to the box at the end of our attacks and increase the goal threat. I am happy when we create chances, and I’m happy when we have five or six players in the box to be dangerous.

“In this system we play, it’s true that the wing-backs are there and have the freedom to be dangerous.”

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