'He’s dangerous in attack': Mourinho's a big fan of player Chelsea signed last summer

Jose Mourinho shared his admiration towards Ben Chilwell and said the Chelsea star has to start at the European Championships for England.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Mourinho was full of praise for the Blues defender.

Chilwell arrives into the Euros as a Champions League winner, following a fine first season with Chelsea.

He made 42 appearances in all competitions, scored four goals and provided 11 assists.

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Having been signed by Frank Lampard, the former Leicester City left-back initially struggled under Thomas Tuchel.

But after a few matches in and out of the side, Chilwell remerged ahead of Marcos Alonso and his position was pretty well set in stone.

The 24-year-old does face stiff opposition with England in the shape of Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, who also experienced an excellent campaign at club level.

Mourinho’s a big Ben fan

However, Mourinho was certain that the Chelsea man should be in Gareth Southgate’s line up for their opening game against Croatia.

“Left back I would go with Chilwell,” said the former Blues manager.

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“I wouldn’t think twice, I would go with Chilwell.

“I know that he normally plays in a five with Chelsea but he’s intelligent. He covers the space and the diagonals inside very well.

“He’s dangerous in attack. He’s good in the air. He’s good on set pieces.

“He can defend possible long build ups from Croatia on the first phase.”

Southgate sizes up his options

Of course, Chilwell has the added bonus of being able to play as both a full-back and a wing-back.

Tuchel likes to operate with a three-man back-line, which shifts to five in defensive phases.

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Southgate preferenced this formation at the 2018 World Cup and could well revert to it at the Euros.

Permitted this set-up is chosen, Chilwell probably just edges out in front of Shaw.

However, The Telegraph reported that the United ace might be used as a centre-half versus Croatia, to accommodate both left-backs.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.