Chelsea defender Reece James has praised new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, despite having seen his game time somewhat restricted under the German.
The England international had blossomed into a key player at Stamford Bridge over the last two seasons under Frank Lampard, yet the change in manager has brought with it a change in system, leaving the 21-year-old with a battle on his hands to reclaim his place.
The switch to a back three has seen James lose his place in the starting XI, with fellow Englishman Callum Hudson-Odoi being favoured as a right-wing back in recent weeks.
With his teammate performing so well in that role, James has had to be patient, although his performances over the last few years would suggest that it won’t be too long before he is once again a permanent fixture in the side.
He will no doubt be hoping for more game time between now and the end of the season with the European Championships coming up and the need to stake his claim for a spot in what will be a hugely competitive squad.
Despite largely featuring from the bench in recent weeks, James remains full of praise for the new Chelsea manager and noted his man-management skills as being particularly impressive.
“We’ve had to work hard as a team and get to know the new manager and his style of play very quickly,” James told Chelsea’s official website. “He’s made that quite evident and clear and I think we’ve picked it up well and I think that shows in our results.
“He’s a very experienced manager and he’s managed top teams of very good players and he’s helping us all progress significantly since the start.
“So far I’ve loved every second playing under him. I think he’s a great manager and a very good man-to-man manager as well. He comes and speaks to you all the time just to make sure you’re both on the same page.”