Chilwell on a deserved win and taking his chance

Ben Chilwell feels the only disappointment from last night’s win over Liverpool was that the victory wasn’t by a greater margin.

The Blues left Anfield with all three points thanks to a superb Mason Mount strike, in a game which Thomas Tuchel’s side dominated, and moved into the top four of the Premier League ahead of Monday’s visit of another Merseyside team, in Everton.

Chilwell was one of a number of impressive performances in the Chelsea side and the defender feels that the entire team deserves praise for the shift put in against the Reds.

‘It was a brilliant performance,’ reflected Chilwell. ‘All season we’ve been looking for a big win against one of the big teams and we thoroughly deserved this win.

‘It was a great performance, everyone put a real shift in and the only disappointment was that it wasn’t by more goals because I think our play merited that.

‘It’s an impressive run that we are on. Everyone will look at the clean sheets and the defensive work but that’s not just the back five and the goalkeeper. It’s the whole team putting the effort in. When you look at what the midfield, the wingers and the strikers are all doing defensively for the team, it’s pivotal as to why we are keeping clean sheets.

‘Mason has scored a great goal to put us in front and then we’ve had the confidence to push on at Liverpool. It wasn’t a 1-0 game where we were hanging on either. There were spells when we were under pressure but you’re always going to get that at Anfield, but overall I think we’ve dominated the game, been the better side and thoroughly deserved to win.'

The defender has taken his chance well in recent weeks, featuring ahead of Marcos Alonso who started as first choice left wing-back under Tuchel.

Chilwell acknowledges the healthy competition for places at Chelsea and feels it is something that can only benefit the Blues going forward.

‘Competition for places is always high at Chelsea and I knew that when I signed for the club,’ Ben added.

‘Every position has two or three really strong players competing and that can only be good for the future of the club, having good players pushing one another to be better.

‘When you come into the side, you have to take your chance and prove you should be playing and that level of pressure can only be good for the team going forward.’