CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: BERTRAND'S HALF CENTURY

With four games in eight days, Ryan Bertrand moved rapidly onto 50 appearances for Chelsea at the weekend. He spoke to Chelsea TV after reaching the milestone.

The 23-year-old played the whole of the league match at Southampton and then was a substitute in the first half of the FA Cup win against Manchester United when Ashley Cole came off. That hamstring injury meant Bertrand was the natural choice for left-back against Rubin Kazan and Sunderland.

'It has been good progress for me and I am thankful to have taken part and get a well-deserved win on my 50th appearance,' Bertrand told the club's TV channel.

'It has been three and three-quarter games in a week and it has been tough going but we managed to recover well and bar one game, we have had some good results. I felt more tired against Sunderland than the previous game but that is going to happen. I didn't feel too bad and it is all about recovery now and to get going for the next game.

'We love playing games,' he added. 'It is our job and the more games the merrier. It is hard but we are lucky that we have good strength in depth and hopefully we can keep the good results up.'

Thirty-four of Bertrand's 50 games have come this season but he considers he still has a way to go until he has fully 'arrived'.

'Not just yet if I am honest,' he said. 'I feel better the more games I get in sequence. I can start to express myself and as I get fitter and sharper mentally things come more naturally again.

'But that is part and parcel of being at a big club. You know you are in a big team and rotation is what it is going to be. If you look at the clubs throughout the leagues throughout the world there is fantastic competition for places and you have to be prepared for that.'

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