Chilwell on patience, perspective and a good if surprising goal

‘The manager was happy I was getting in the positions to score,’ added Chilwell. ‘I had a couple of chances in the first half, second one could have done better, first one was a good save.

‘If you look at my stats last year, four goals, seven assists, I did pretty well in that aspect, but you can always improve. I am never satisfied with what I’ve done, and hopefully my numbers will be better than last season and I can keep improving in an attacking sense.’

To do so Chilwell will need more game time. Following a Euros in which he was in England’s squad but did not feature, the 24-year-old has been on the pitch for just 231 minutes this season, with Thomas Tuchel favouring Marcos Alonso at left wing-back.

‘I wouldn’t say it’s been frustrating,’ reflected Chilwell.

‘It’s about being patient, training hard. Marcos has been playing well and I have had to respect that. I’ve been training hard to make sure when I get my chance, I’m ready.

‘I felt fine on Saturday fitness wise. I’ve been training hard and making sure my fitness is 100 per cent, so when I did have the opportunity to play I was fine to play 90, and make sure I could make the same runs in the 90th minute as I did in the first minute.’