Chelsea wing-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James are ‘permanent goal threats’, says Thomas Tuchel

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The wing-backs both got on the scoresheet against Norwich

The wing-backs both got on the scoresheet against Norwich (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel labelled Ben Chilwell and Reece James as ‘very, very dangerous’ and ‘permanent goal threats’ after both wing-backs scored in Chelsea’s emphatic 7-0 victory over Norwich on Saturday.

The Blues ran riot at Stamford Bridge against a poor Canaries side, who were eventually reduced to 10 men in the second half when Ben Gibson was sent off for picking up a second yellow card.

Chilwell netted in his fourth consecutive league match, while James contributed with a delightful dink over Tim Krul from Mason Mount’s through ball.

Tuchel’s side top the Premier League table (Picture: Getty Images)

And Tuchel feels that in his marauding wing-backs, he has two explosive threats going forward.

‘I’m happy for Reece, because he feels the power he has, and we want more of his acceleration and physical ability,’ Tuchel told beIN Sports after the game.

‘This is what he can deliver and bring to the team, same with Chilly on the other side.

‘The wing-backs are now very, very dangerous. They’re permanent goal threats.

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‘This is what we need – players being in the box to create spaces.’

It was a good day for Chelsea’s academy graduates as Mason Mount scored his first hat-trick for the club, while Callum Hudson-Odoi got on the scoresheet and provided the cross which Max Aarons diverted into his own net.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Tuchel highlighted the importance of Mount to the team.

‘As you know we play most games with three strikers and Mason is one of the strikers and you can say in our world that Mason is maybe between an eight and a ten so not a real striker so we depend also heavily on him and that’s why other players play a key role,’ said the German boss.

‘The wing-backs arrive more in the box, the wing-backs play with a bit more freedom and sometimes new positions to have our strikers really in the last line where they feel more confident.

‘It is a complex game. There is very rarely one reason why things happen like this, but we depend on Mason and we want to.

‘We like his style, we like where he comes from, we like his personality, he is a top player and a top guy.’


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