Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel faces tough Ben Chilwell decision after Carabao Cup display

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Thomas Tuchel has been nothing short of a revelation since he took over the reins at Stamford Bridge in January. The German boss ended the previous campaign in triumphant fashion, with victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final thanks to a second-half winner from Kai Havertz.

And the Blues couldn’t have gotten off to a better start this time around – with four wins and a draw from their opening five league games – which leaves them sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League. 

However, one issue Tuchel has on his hands is managing the deteriorating form of England left-back Ben Chilwell.

The 24-year-old was part of Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England squad for Euro 2020, but the defender’s career has taken a dramatic downturn since his lack of playing time at the tournament. 

Chilwell did not play a single minute at the Euros, with the likes of Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier being chosen as the preferred options for the England boss.

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Tuchel has admitted it is partly to blame for the defender’s omission, but Chilwell must bounce back if he is to save his Stamford Bridge career and show is worth his £45million price tag.

Marcos Alonso has come in from the cold under Tuchel, and has replaced Chilwell in the starting line-up, after it appears he offers more of an attacking threat. 

Alonso had been a key performer during the Antonio Conte era, but it looked as if his best days at Stamford Bridge were behind him, until Tuchel stepped in and gave him another chance to impress.

The Spaniard has started in all five league games so far this season – as well as the Champions League opener against Zenit St Petersburg – while Chilwell’s entire season had consisted of a seven minute cameo appearance against the Russian champions until Wednesday.

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Chilwell was handed his first start of the season in the EFL Cup win over Aston Villa on Wednesday, but even that didn’t go to plan.

The German boss was off his seat minutes into the game on to give Chilwell an earful after allegedly playing the wrong pass. 

The tie eventually went to penalties after the game ended 1-1, and Chilwell’s night would go from bad to worse when he was the only player to miss a penalty for the Blues in the shootout win. 

When asked about Chilwell’s situation recently, the Chelsea boss has told the defender that he needs to be patient and keep working hard. 

“We had talks with Chilly about the situation. There are no further worries for Chilly He has to be patient and keep on training,” said Tuchel. 

Chelsea eventually ran out victors thanks to misses from Villa’s Ashley Young and Marvelous Nakamba, but it was a night to forget for Chilwell, nonetheless.

Chilwell will no doubt be given another chance to succeed at Chelsea by Tuchel, but if the player doesn’t turn his form around in the coming months, then he could be heading through the exit door at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel’s side will now turn their attention to the weekend’s league fixture against Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday. 

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