Ben Chilwell has had a pretty good season personally, settling in very quickly following his big-money move in the summer and locking down the left back position, regardless of the formation. Chelsea have plenty of issues, but left back’s not one of them. And that’s certainly a welcome change of pace from the last few seasons.
Of course, we don’t get points just because the left back has slick hair and good chat. We need the rest of the team to perform as well, and that’s been lacking at times over the past month or so. Where we once cultivated a 17-match unbeaten streak, we’re now mired in a run of just two wins in eight and just one win in six in the league.
With an easy game in the FA Cup last weekend the only match for almost two weeks, Chelsea have had a rare mid-season opportunity for some (hopefully useful rather than just “hard” for the sake of hard) work on the training ground. Chilwell’s thus promising a more focused Chelsea after the humbling experience(s) of recent results.
“We’re going through a difficult period now but every team in the league is probably going to go through similar this season. This little blip has refocused us all, we’re working even harder and it’s humbled us a little bit.
“It’s a very different and difficult season with everything that’s going on but the important thing now is we just get back to winning ways. We’ve got a big game this weekend so hopefully a win will kick-start us to push on again.”
As much as we, the fans, are in desperate need of a win, the players themselves aren’t exactly satisfied with how things are going either. After all, most of them joined the club to win trophies (or grew up at the club watching others win trophies). Trophies is the game, winning is our aim.
“When you’re at Chelsea, you’re expected to win every week. It’s a massive club and the reason I joined - and why a lot of the boys joined this summer – is because we want to win trophies. We’ve definitely got the squad to do that in time but obviously there is always a scrutiny that comes with playing for this club.
“[Fulham] os definitely going to be difficult but it’s a game where we’re 100 per cent focused on trying to get the three points.”
-Ben Chilwell; source: Chelsea FC
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