A first Champions League start, a first Champions League goal and UEFA’s Player of the Match award. Trevoh Chalobah’s Tuesday night could scarcely have gone any better.
The defender yet again rewarded Thomas Tuchel’s faith in him with another commanding performance on the big stage, this time against genuine European heavyweights on his full debut in the competition we won in May.
Such was his assurance in possession, dominance in the air and, of course, efficiency in front of goal to break the deadlock, Chalobah was named the official Player of the Match afterwards.
‘It’s my first-ever [individual] trophy and I’m delighted to get this, and I’m glad for the win as well,’ he beamed.
‘Our main focus was to get the win and to get the job done. We knew the problems they would cause us. We nullified them and the attack did its job.’
So did the defence! As well as helping the Blues rack up a fourth clean sheet in five Champions League games this season, it was Chalobah who thumped us ahead against Juventus from a Toni Rudiger touch.
He already has three Chelsea goals in 12 appearances since bursting onto the scene this term, with his Blues career under Tuchel continuing to reach new heights.
‘I just had to put as much power as I could behind my shot and that’s what I did,’ said Trevoh of his maiden European strike.
‘It meant a lot. When I was a young kid I used to watch the Champions League. To now be involved and getting a goal is very emotional.
‘For a young player to play for a club like this, consistency is needed. That’s what I’ve tried to add to my game,’ he continued.
‘For me I have to set an example for the younger kids coming up because it’s not easy, but hard work pays off if you keep going and believing in yourself. I’m enjoying it.’
And so are all those who have watched him flourish this season.