Andreas Christensen has praised Ben Chilwell for his reaction to losing his regular spot at Chelsea at the start of the season and is happy that it has now paid off for the left-back.

There were several reasons Chilwell slipped down in the left-back pecking order at the start of the season.

First, he missed out on a large part of Chelsea’s pre-season due to his participation in the Euro 2020 with England.

Unfortunately, the left-back did not play a single minute of England’s run to the final and, as a result, spent a couple of months without playing since the Champions League final in May.

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Thomas Tuchel eventually decided to start the season with Marcos Alonso. It was a safer bet, given Alonso had no issue in terms of match sharpness after having a full pre-season.

Alonso did not waste the opportunity and kept his spot in the team for a while, thanks to his solid performances.

In the end, Chilwell had to wait until October to make his first appearance in the Premier League, which was much later than he might have expected.

The 24-year-old did not complain, though, and his professionalism clearly impressed Christensen who witnesses his hard work in the training ground.

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“He always stayed patient, is a very happy guy, and we see that every day,” the Denmark international told Chelsea’s official website about Chilwell.

 

“His mood hasn’t changed. Obviously, it is frustrating for him when he is not playing, but now he has to work through it.

“He deserves everything and all the success right now.

“Three goals in three games, and I am happy he kept his patience and kept working hard.”

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Chronicle view

As Christensen pointed out, Chilwell always stayed positive, and this is very important to the team.

Earlier this month, the England international even praised Alonso for playing well and said he respected it.

Chilwell has since reclaimed his spot in the team and impressively scored in each of his last two games for the Blues, including the decisive goal in Saturday’s win over Brentford.

Chelsea will need both Alonso and Chilwell throughout the season, and healthy competition between the two will only benefit the team.

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