Ben Chilwell England /Chelsea left-back has regained his place in Tuchel’s team after starting the season on the bench.
According to the 24-year-old, his selfless attitude while playing second fiddle to Marcos Alonso reflected Chelsea’s team-first culture under Tuchel.
“It is obviously frustrating because as a footballer you want to be playing week in, week out,” Chilwell said.
“When you’ve got a squad like we do here at Chelsea, with 20, 25 world-class players and two or three fighting in every position, you’ve got to understand you’re not going to play every match and just to support the group.
“Of course Marcos started the season very well. I knew I had to be patient and bide my time. And I think that’s a sign of the fact we’ve got such a strong group that’s doing well at the moment because there are no egos in this squad.
“There is a group of players that want to work hard for the manager, work hard for the club and for each other and whoever gets their opportunity they’re ready.”
Surprisingly, Chilwell – who scored three goals in each of his previous two Premier League campaigns – had scored in the three previous league games prior to the trip to St James’ Park.
The former Leicester City star, who joined the club in the summer of 2020 for a reputed £45 million, is relishing his role as an attacking left wing-back in manager Thomas Tuchel’s fluid 3-4-2-1 style.