Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits Ben Chilwell was ‘mentally tired’ by not performing for England at Euro 2020 and urges the defender to be ‘patient’ as he wants to win back his starting spot from Marcos Alonso
- Thomas Tuchel has urged Ben Chilwell to be patient as he looks for playtime
- Chilwell has yet to appear for Chelsea this campaign so far
- The defender has trailed behind Marcos Alonso in Chelsea’s pecking order
Thomas Tuchel admits Ben Chilwell has suffered from his summer of rejection by England.
Chilwell has not played a minute for club or country since winning the Champions League with Chelsea in May.
He was selected for Gareth Southgate’s roster at Euro 2020 but failed to appear and appeared ‘worrying’ and ‘mentally tired’ as he returned for the start of the new Premier League season.
Thomas Tuchel told Ben Chilwell to be patient and ‘find the joy’ as he looks for playtime
In addition, Chilwell was left out of Gareth Southgate’s roster for the final round of international matches.
“It has definitely been difficult for him and I think this is quite normal,” Tuchel said. “It was a difficult European Championship for him personally because there were opportunities where he thought he could have played and he didn’t.
“I know it was difficult because you feel he did everything he could to push the team. You feel part of the team, but you don’t really feel it when you’re not sweating on the pitch and you never wear the shirt and you’re never really involved, it’s a strange feeling.
“It was necessary to train continuously for four or five weeks. Then he had a personal break and it was difficult for him to fully relax and get over his personal disappointment. When he got here, I felt mentally tired. He was still worried about the situation and at the same time he had to accept it.’
Tuchel says Chilwell was mentally tired after Euros and worried about why he didn’t play for England
The Chelsea defender (L) became frustrated after not playing a minute at Euro 2020
While Chilwell took a break after the European Championship, Marcos Alonso worked hard to impress Tuchel in pre-season, taking the role as the team’s left-back at the start of the new season. Alonso captained Chelsea against Aston Villa on Saturday.
“He was very unlucky because Marcos was here all preseason,” said Tuchel. “He seized this opportunity with such tremendous quality and attitude. Marcos was crucial for us in the early days of training and then he performed in Chilly’s position.”
Tuchel has spoken to 24-year-old Chilwell, a £50million contract from Leicester last year. He has urged him to be patient and believe he is now in the right frame of mind to rediscover his best form.
Chilwell, who returned to preseason late after Euro 2020, is behind Marcos Alonso. bumped
“We have spoken to Chilly about the situation,” the Chelsea boss said. “He knows I would have done the same the other way around – trusting him if he was here, with this kind of personality and attitude like Marcos did.
“There are no more worries for Chilly. He has to be a little patient and keep training. It took some time. We had to give him some time to be a little more patient with himself. To find the joy again and find things a little easier on the pitch and not want to force it too hard.
“But he’s in the race now. The situation has changed for him. He’s in good shape, mentally in shape, attitude and in good shape on the pitch, so he can play any moment.”