Mauricio Pochettino has outlined how he intends to reintegrate Ben Chilwell into his Chelsea side, following the left-back’s recent return from an injury.
Chilwell started his first game for the Blues in four months during Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final triumph against Middlesbrough. The Englishman was also very impressive, as highlighted in Stuart Pearce’s post-match comments on talkSPORT.
The game against Boro was only Chilly’s second since his latest return from injury, after coming on as a substitute in the victory against Fulham two weeks ago, and Pochettino has now revealed how he plans to slowly make the 27-year-old a regular starter again.
The coach told the official Chelsea website: “Ben Chilwell was out for four months, we were using Levi Colwill and Marc Cucurella.
“Players like Chilly could do 65 minutes, but the objective is for 80, hopefully 90 minutes and then be consistent and play every three or four days.
“Now we need to help players like him to get their best form, but at the same time we are competing. We can think we are going to play with Chilly or Reece, but we know then after 10 or 15 minutes of the second half we have players that we need to change.
“That makes things more complicated, but we accept and it is normal for us. We try to translate to the team that we can compete in our best way doing this.”