Getting more of a chance recently – how patient did you have to be and is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for?
Obviously I have had to be patient. There are a lot of good players at Chelsea, especially in the midfield department so a few injuries and I might be put in.
I had to be ready, I feel like I have been ready physically.
You have to step up, as a team and as an individual when players are injured and you have to do a job. But I feel like I am ready to do that.
Mateo Kovacic tested positive for Covid, how concerned are you as players with the risks you have to take when it comes to travelling so much?
I guess there are risks but as a club we do everything possible to minimise that risk. That is why we test several times a week and we take the necessary precautions to minimise the risk.
As a club and as a team we feel safe as possible at the minute.
Thomas has been blunt about team performances in the last week or so with detailsand mistakes – how does that creep into your game?
I guess that’s football, it can change very quickly but I can say that it is not like we have been playing terribly, at all. We have just had a few mistakes that have cost us and we need to take ownership of that.
Apart from that, we have been playing good football and the results just haven’t shown that at all. If we keep the basics at a high level and the mistakes low that will give us a good platform to win games.
You’re playing a deeper role this season – enjoying it?
I’m really enjoying it, mainly because I’m on the pitch. I’m playing a lot of football which obviously I haven’t done in the past three years so I’m very grateful to be fit and to be available to be picked to play.
Wherever I play I’m comfortable. I played deep in my younger years and more forward when I got more established and playing in the Premier League.
I am enjoying it a lot and it comes with different duties and things that are required of you in that role, which I am enjoying a lot. I’m ready to play wherever the boss needs me to.
Did you think you would be getting this many games when you came back to the club?
I came back in pre-season and I felt really good. I felt physically fit. The most physically fit I’ve been. That gave me a good platform to do well, train well.
I knew it would be very difficult with the players they have in midfield and how good the players are, but I always wanted to give it a go and see how things panned out. It turns out that I’m playing a lot.
That’s through injuries and working hard. You can never know how football turns out. It changes a lot. You just have to be ready for it.
What did Tuchel say to you after your loan spell at Fulham?
I think he was very understanding about how difficult it was coming back from that injury and going on loan to Fulham. I think he put it behind us and focused on what was happening at that moment and I felt good coming back pre-season.
For me it was focusing on pre-season, training well and playing well and I couldn’t dwell on the past. Fulham was a difficult spell for me so I had to put that behind me.
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