Ben Chilwell posted a brilliant two-word message to Chelsea teammate Reece James on Saturday after the away win against Leicester City.
Blues wing-backs James and Chilwell provided an assist each during Chelsea’s 3-0 Premier League victory at the King Power Stadium, which was the perfect way to restart after an international break.
Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic all scored for the visitors.
Chilwell, 24, responded to defensive teammate James on Instagram with the message “granite bones”. Likewise, Antonio Rudiger weighed in with the comment “strong like a bull”.
21-year-old James showed off his raw physicality in the contest, with one memorable incident coming when he sent Leicester centre-half Caglar Soyuncu flying to the floor with his upper body strength.
Chelsea duo copying Liverpool example
Chelsea’s right wing-back James is bullying opponents right now, whether that be in the offensive or defensive part of the pitch. Rio Ferdinand said he was “like a man playing against boys” against Leicester.
Meanwhile, English left wing-back Chilwell is playing in a similar way on the opposite flank.
It’s getting to a stage where you can compare what they’re doing to what we’ve seen for several years at Liverpool from their full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.
You’ve got to respect the Liverpool pairing have been attacking forces over a sustained period of time, but Chelsea now have a combination in wide areas that threatens to match them.
Azpilicueta in spot of bother
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta finds himself in a slight predicament when it comes to getting in the starting XI.
The 32-year-old’s understandably not getting a look-in at right wing-back given the form of James. That leaves the versatile defender only competing for a centre-back slot.
He’s been an unused substitute in the last four consecutive Premier League games and the competition at the back is incredibly tough. However, write him off at your peril.
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