Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has offered a health replace on Ben Chilwell after the defender’s heroics towards West Ham on Saturday.
The Blues beat the Hammers 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, with an general quiet sport ending in dramatic vogue.
Chilwell got here off the bench quickly after Michail Antonio gave West Ham the lead with a detailed vary end, and the 25-year-old made an on the spot influence.
He was in a position to rating the equaliser for Chelsea with a neat end by means of the legs of Lukasz Fabianski, earlier than aiding Kai Havertz for the winner late on within the match.
His onerous work was almost undone when Maxwel Cornet equalised simply moments later, however VAR got here to the rescue for Tuchel’s aspect, who now sit fifth within the Premier League.
Chilwell’s purpose was his first for the aspect since his return from damage.
The left wing-back was out for many of final season while he recovered from his ACL damage, making his first look again through the closing day win towards Watford.
Tuchel has now spoken on the defender’s health, with Chilwell proving to be a dependable asset earlier than his absence.
Talking to the Media after the win, he mentioned: “Fitness, I think he has the full fitness he can have from training and pre-season matches.
“Of course, he can feel fitter and be fitter if he is playing in consecutive Premier League matches. In my opinion, he lacks rhythm and a bit of feeling from the game, this is what I see in training.
“The player always thinks he is ready, I think there are some things still missing.”
Chilwell’s high quality was clear to see in Chelsea’s equaliser as he was in a position to management a ball in from Thiago Silva, earlier than squeezing it beneath Fabianski at a good angle.
His help for Havertz was additionally one thing to admire, together with his cross discovering the German in a vital space contained in the field.
Regardless of the win Chelsea will nonetheless be upset with the very fact they conceded as soon as once more, significantly from a set-piece.
Tuchel commented on such a weak point after the match, saying: “It’s strange. We invest a lot of time in it but there are not a lot of changes going on.
“We are even investing a bit more in details, set-up and time. Maybe it’s just a phase and maybe it’s also down to talents. With Wesley Fofana, we have someone that can Help us a lot.
“We didn’t have Kai (Havertz) today on the pitch who is one of the best for first contact. We took that kind of risk because we wanted to have small strikers today on the pitch.
“As you say, we struggle to convert our set pieces into chances; we struggle with the delivery and the repetitive quality. And we conceded from a set piece again but we are on it.”