Reece James on a strong European showing and backing himself in the big moments

What is James’s goalscoring form down to? ‘I think it is down to him [Tuchel],’ reckons Reece. ‘He wants our wing-backs to be very aggressive and attack whenever we get the chance.

‘Obviously scoring helps with anyone’s confidence but I believe in my own ability and so when I get a chance, I back myself.

‘It’s always nice when people think highly of you, but I’m still young and I’ve got a long way to go,’ he beamed.

James’s latest exceptional performance came on head coach Thomas Tuchel’s 50th game in charge. When asked on what the boss is like to play under, Reece highlighted his strong personality and man-management skills.