Defender says he is ready to be one of Chelsea's penalty takers

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell said he enjoys the pressure of taking penalties and is ready to be one of the team’s spot-kick takers if needed.

The Blues are still in preparation for their third and last game for the pre-season in the United States against London rivals Arsenal.

Chilwell, who missed the second half of last season after having knee surgery, is among the Chelsea players who started pre-season early this month.

There is a lot of expectation on the 25-year-old to start the season strongly and reclaim his spot in Thomas Tuchel’s starting eleven, but he is clearly prepared for it.

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“All pre-seasons are pretty important but coming off the back of the injury I’ve had, it’s important I work harder than everyone else, to make sure I’m ready when the season starts,” the England international told Chelsea’s official website.

“When the boys came back in I felt sharp and fit and ready to go and that’s continued now.

“So I’m very happy and looking forward to hopefully starting the season on a strong note.

“Hopefully we can have a great season together.”

Like in the Carabao Cup final last season, Chilwell was appointed to be one of Chelsea’s spot-kick takers during the penalty shoot-out against Charlotte FC in midweek.

Jorginho has been the team’s penalty taker in the last few seasons, but Chilwell is confident that he can be depended upon when needed.

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”I enjoy it,” the left-back explains.

“The pressure has got to be on someone and we’ve got a lot of personalities in our team who are quite happy to step up.

“If I’m ever asked I always put my hand up and say that I’m confident to take that one.”

Speaking about the upcoming game against Arsenal on Saturday (local time) in Florida, Chilwell added: “Whether it’s pre-season or not, matches against Arsenal are a rivalry, and we want to win.”

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