Reece James has admitted that Chelsea must win silverware this season and has discussed working under new manager, Thomas Tuchel.
After a difficult period under former boss Frank Lampard, the Blues have been revitalised since Tuchel walked in the door, having picked up eight wins and two draws from ten games in all competitions since the change of manager at the end of January.
That excellent run has seen the club secure wins over Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, while they’ve also conceded just twice since Tuchel took charge, with the switch to a back three providing greater solidity.
The return to the system that worked so well under Antonio Conte has been crucial in putting Chelsea back in the top-four race, though it has seen defender James lose his place in the side, with Callum Hudson-Odoi having been preferred at right-wing back so far under the German.
Ahead a potentially pivotal game with Everton on Monday night, the England international has admitted that he’s working hard to try and force his way back into the manager’s plans.
“When you play for a top team, you cannot always play and you know you might find yourself in a period where you don’t play as much,” he told Chelseafc.com.
“You have to just keep working hard and you never know when your chance will come. I have to keep working and be ready. The manager always has his reasons on why he thinks that person should play. He is the manager and he makes the decisions so I have to respect them.”
While he may not have been afforded too much game time at present, the 21-year-old was still full of praise for the work his new manager is doing.
“He is very funny and very passionate because he wants to win,” James said.
“He wants the best for his players and his team, and that shows when he’s on the sideline kicking and heading every ball. Everyone gets on well and it’s a great group.”
Not only are the Blues now firmly in the race for a top-four place, but they are also still going strong in the FA Cup and the Champions League, with James admitting that it’s crucial that they win silverware this term.
“We have to win trophies this season,’ he added.
“There are not many games left to play so we need to keep working and keep on pushing game by game because the aim is always to win trophies.”