Chelsea can all but seal their Champions League place for next season with a win tonight, and Thomas Tuchel knows it.
Despite the FA Cup final this weekend and the European Cup final still to come, the coach know the league must be wrapped up before anything, so he’s had to go with a strong side tonight.
With Mateo Kovacic out and Tuchel keen to keep N’Golo Kante fresh, Billy Gilmour gets his THIRD consecutive Premier League start for the Blues. It shows a growing trust from the manager in the young midfielder, and we can’t get enough of it.
Fans on social media were understandably delighted by their boy wonder getting another go. “Masterclass incoming” declared one – let’s hope so. They seemed particularly keen on the idea of Billy playing alongside Jorginho in midfield.
Cue Spiderman “no, you” memes.
You can see a selection of the reaction in the Tweets embedded here:
Gilmour starting 3 PL games in a row, 2 being against City and Arsenal. Yet people want to send him on loan to Crystal Palace
— Jamie (@CFCJem) May 12, 2021
It always lovely to see Billy Gilmour on the line up sheet #KTBFFH
— Ahmed A.M Soliman (@AhmedMoniem10) May 12, 2021
— Owen J Brown (@OwenJamesBrown) May 12, 2021
Gilmour starts💙💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/0thJGynJvd
— Billy Gilmour Fan Account (@BillyGilmourOF1) May 12, 2021
Gilmour masterclass incoming
— KH (@The_VanDal13) May 12, 2021
Parteys about to get bullied by billy gilmour for 90 minutes pic.twitter.com/VvP1xJ2wbh
— Ydöt (@WooDizzlee) May 12, 2021
The fact that Gilmour has started to get Tuchel’s trust. The future is bright. https://t.co/JZUzjlUdhV
— Informasi Kegiatanku Sehari-hari (@bang_bar0n) May 12, 2021
Gilmour the next verrati ?
— PARLO FC (@on_atoutcasse) May 12, 2021
Very happy Gilmour is starting, strong line up as always, got to trust the whole squad no matter who’s out there. Come on Chelsea! 💙 https://t.co/IWkxxrsVzJ
— carefree CFC Alfie COME ON ENGLAND 🏴 (@alfieg315) May 12, 2021
Was hoping Callum would have started, surely will get mins off the bench 2nd half
Interesting that Mendy lost his place, but, maybe its precautionary
Can't wait to see Gilmour run midfield tonight with Jorg tho
Strong team https://t.co/zDZgNmw0Cr
— NiiNiiFC-BlueLionsTV (@NiiNiiFC) May 12, 2021
I'm not debating Tommy Tuchel's starting XI
He knows what he's doing.
Come On Chelsea 👊
P.S. lovely to see Billy Gilmour keeping his place in the team https://t.co/xgoQUkz3t2
— Mark Worrall⭐⭐ (@gate17marco) May 12, 2021
Gilmour with 3 starts in a row 🙌🏽 good to see
— Jack Parrish (@Jack_Parrish7) May 12, 2021
— Travis Tyler (@Travtical) May 12, 2021
– Three Premier League starts in a row.
– Back-to-back starts against Manchester City and Arsenal.
Billy Gilmour. 19 years old. pic.twitter.com/9KYVcP8QfA
— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) May 12, 2021