Tuchel himself has been full of praise of the defender in recent weeks.
‘Andreas has been very strong since day one, can play in all three positions in the defence and he plays with a lot of confidence,’ Thomas said, after our 3-0 away win at Spurs last month.
‘In the beginning, I had the feeling it was a bit of push to believe in himself, to impose himself and to trust in his quality because he has everything that we need in these positions. Again, a very strong performance. You can see it in the minutes.