Since Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge in late January and immediately switched to a system deploying wing-backs, Chilwell has been in and out of the side with Marcos Alonso back in the frame.
‘When the manager came in it was a clean slate for everyone,’ acknowledged the 24-year-old.
‘I didn’t play the first three or four games which could have got me down, but I used it as an opportunity to work harder, and ask the manager questions in training about where he thought I could improve my game to get more game time.
‘When I get the opportunity to play I want to prove to him I should be playing more regularly. I’m sure the other players, Marcos included, are doing the same thing.
‘That competition is very healthy,’ added Chilwell.
‘With the stage of the season we are at, with quarter-finals and semi-finals in the cups, and our league positioning trying to finish in the top four, it’s very important we have everyone in the squad challenging each other for 11 shirts, training hard and playing hard because they want to be in the team.’
Chilwell went on to say he has improved a lot since learning more about the left wing-back position and it has made him a ‘different player’ with an added skillset.