Ben Chilwell: Chelsea full-back praises Thomas Tuchel chat for aiding return to form

Ben Chilwell was a player in three Premier League games consecutively in October
Chelsea full-back Ben Chilwell said that he had a positive conversation with Thomas Tuchel, his boss, which helped him get his season off to a flying start after a difficult summer.

The 24-year old did not play one minute for England at Euro 2020, and was then on the bench for Blues at the beginning of the season.

He was able to return to form for club and nation a month ago and will be starting Friday's World Cup qualifier against Albania.

Chilwell described the summer as "difficult".

"I've been asked a lot lately since I started playing, and the way that I have answered them is a cliché but it's football.

These are the things that will happen to most players during their professional careers, when they have high and low moments.

"I was disappointed to not be playing in the huge competition in England, but that's how I look at it. I would be lying if i said that I wasn't disappointed.

"But I was trying to get into the whole thing was that it happens for a lot of people who play football. It's not difficult to be prepared. I'll get through it stronger and more confident.

Ben Chilwell scored four goals for England in October. This included one against Andorra.

Chilwell scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea on October 2nd, a 3-1 win over Southampton. He also scored two more goals throughout the month which earned him the nomination for the October Player Of The Month award.

He also scored for England during the 5-0 victory against Andorra, 9 October.

This is a remarkable return to form by the player, who Tuchel said was "mentally exhausted" after the Euros.

Chiwell said that it was not mental fatigue. "It was more that I was eager to return to football. It was perhaps coming across as a little too much.

"Me and Chelsea's manager had a very open conversation. He said to me: "You know, mentally at the moment, I feel like you're pushing too hard to get back in the group. We are proud of you and know your talents. Relax a bit. You'll be back in.

"That was a brilliant thing to hear. Then it was about being patient and ready to go when called upon, so that I could give my best for the team."