'We had conversations': Ben Chilwell shares what all Chelsea's players are talking about ahead of new season
Ben Chilwell has claimed the Chelsea players are desperate to add consistency to their game in order to catch Manchester City and Liverpool this season.
Speaking to The Athletic, he insisted the time could be right for the Blues to take the next step, with the club’s off-the-field issues hopefully behind them.
The 25-year-old endured a torrid time during the last campaign, making just 13 appearances in all competitions before a serious knee injury ended his season in November.
Thankfully, the Stamford Bridge faithful were able to see the left-back’s brief return in the final game of the season against Watford, with the thought of what might have been had he and Reece James remained healthy running through everyone in attendance’s mind.
Chilwell makes dressing room claim
Their injuries at the turn of the year signified a downturn in form for Chelsea, and Chilwell has claimed to The Athleitc that the players are aware they can’t afford for that to happen again if they are to challenge at the top.
He said: “We’ve had conversations in the dressing room, as players and with the staff, that consistency is the thing that we now need to (achieve). We’ve got the talent in the team. We showed that in the Champions League two years ago. We showed it in the first half of the season last year, when we were top. We beat Juventus 4-0 in the Champions League. “
Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to have both of his flying wing-backs fit and firing for the whole campaign this time around, with the former Leicester City man saying the players are full of praise for the German in charge:
He said: “We know we’re not going to get a better manager here. I’m not just saying it. He’s an unbelievable manager in all aspects and he has a lot of trust in us as well. Now there is that stability — everything that could have potentially been tricky last season has all been resolved so it’s up to us to work and try to get that consistency on the pitch.”
When Chilwell was fit last season, his attacking threat completely revolutionised how the Blues played, with him looking like he was ready to add regular goalscoring to his game too. The club and supporters will just be hoping the injury he suffered will not have affected his game too much.
If Chelsea can get Chilwell and James on the pitch regularly again next term, then they will surely on be stronger for it.
And if the Blues can find the consistency that Chilwell is yearning for, then it could be a special season at Stamford Bridge.