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Ben Chilwell on using Chelsea legend Ashley Cole as a role model & competing with Marcos Alonso

Ben Chilwell on using Chelsea legend Ashley Cole as a role model & competing with Marcos Alonso

Chelsea vs Porto

Chelsea are back in European action on Tuesday evening, aiming to book their spot in a Champions League semi-final for the first time since 2014.

The Blues were drawn in the last-eight vs Portuguese powerhouse, FC Porto.

On paper, the Londoners did appear to have been handed the easiest draw of the quarter-final stage.

And the tie’s first-leg did little to suggest otherwise. Chelsea dominated Porto last week, coming away with a 2-0 win ahead of Tuesday’s return.

Ben Chilwell on Ashley Cole & Marcos Alonso

Now, as Chelsea prepare for their ‘home’ leg, Ben Chilwell has been speaking to the media.

Chilwell was drawn on Ashley Cole, who of course stands as one of both England and Chelsea’s greatest-ever left-backs.

And when asked if he uses the former Pensioners star as a role model, Chilwell stated:

“100 per cent, that’s why I was keen to meet him and pick his brains. He became a Chelsea legend, fi I can replicate that then I will be very happy.”

The stopper was also drawn on the competition he faces from Marcos Alonso at Stamford Bridge, ahead of the upcoming European Championships. Chilwell, though, seems to be relishing the challenge, insisting that competition for places is ‘healthy’:

“When the manager came in, it was a clean slate for everyone. I used it as an opportunity to work harder, to ask him questions in training where I can improve and get the opportunity, then prove to him I should be playing more regularly. It’s very healthy, especially at this stage of the season, everyone in the squad needs to challenge each other.”

Quotes via football.london.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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