Ben Chilwell has been one of the big losers of the Thomas Tuchel reign so far.
He was a Lampard buy, and came straight into the team once he was fit at the start of the season. His place seemed pretty much secure, even as performances dropped off through the Autumn.
But Tuchel changed it all when he arrived, and he went right for Marcos Alonso as his first choice. The Spaniard has dominated the minutes, and today is certainly the first big game Chilwell is starting for some time.
Lots of fans on social media had long run out of patience with Alonso even before this season, so they will be delighted to see the selection today.
As one enthusiastic Blue put it, Chilly “has to turn up” today against a dangerous United team.
You can see a selection of the reaction on social media embedded in the Tweets here:
Hope Chilwell has a big game today, Alonso is not the answer long term & Chilwell has a lot to prove IMO
— Raman (@RamanLalli_) February 28, 2021
Chilwell over Alonso for pace. Smart
— I (@Zang___) February 28, 2021
Fully rooting for Chilwell today!!
— Ray Gem – Set Trends (@RayGemini_) February 28, 2021
Chilwell Has To Turn Up
— BOOGEYMAN (@SHEYHEAR__) February 28, 2021
i really miss chilwell, hope he will doing well https://t.co/4WV0PavHfW
— lilaasdfghjkl (@lilawkwkwk) February 28, 2021
it’s so obvious Chelsea wants to cross. Ziyech, Chilwell, Odoi, GIROUD. dunk sesh on Lindelof pic.twitter.com/buLj1U8YVt
— ♛ (@_ademichael) February 28, 2021
Very risky eleven from TT. Ziyech, Chilwell and Kante getting their chances is giving me minor attack. Can't really complain considering Chelsea have all tough fixtures until 2nd leg.
Smash Ole. Get that bloody revenge
Come on Tuchel https://t.co/5ztCHiodkR
— Sahil Dani (@cdsahildani) February 28, 2021
— I deadarse dont have an agenda on a Chelsea player (@CarefreeKM) February 28, 2021
Watch Chilwell drop a disaster class
— ‘ (@SeLibreSenor) February 28, 2021
— jeff (@zhenyaCFC) February 28, 2021