Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has singled out two of his players for praise following their pre-season friendly 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
The players are Tino Anjorin and Trevoh Chalobah.
Two goals from Hakim Ziyech and a strike each from Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn ensured Chelsea and Tottenham drew at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking after the game, Tuchel said: “I’m a bit sad because he [Tino Anjorin] trained so, so well for us in the last half year, but the race for top four was on and there were so many decisive matches every three days, so it wasn’t the time to try stuff with young players. But he always showed his quality in training.
“When the season ended we agreed he stays for pre-season and he’d get the minutes he deserves. Unfortunately, before the first friendly, Tino was the guy to test positive for Covid and really suffered for ten, 12 days. You could see today that it was the first time he was back on the pitch and it was a lot for him to start with 30 minutes.
“So he was unlucky with the situation, he had no responsibility for it. So, honestly, I can’t really judge him and what I saw today in five, ten minutes was very promising again. He is strong, confident, creative, assists and scores a lot of goals in training for us.”
On Chalobah, Tuchel added, “We know him from Lorient and Chalo has done very well in pre-season.
“We wanted to continue in the back three, so there was space in the back until [Kurt] Zouma and Toni [Rudiger] arrived. Then there was one space left but then Andreas Christensen, Reece [James] and Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] were back then there was a huge competition for him.
‘He’s done very well in both games and within his potential and limits that was nice to see. He played a good match, I agree.”
Chelsea will face Villarreal in their next fixture on August 11 in the UEFA Super Cup final.
After the Villarreal game, they will tackle Crystal Palace on August 14 in their first 2021/22 English Premier League, EPL, tie.