“We missed him for such a long time that we almost got used to it. I think it was like nine weeks and we played something like 25 matches in that time,” Thomas Tuchel said about Reece James at a press conference.
“We were constantly trying to find solutions and we did find solutions as a team, and we managed to win games and even trophies in this period.”
“These positions are very important positions if you play with this structure and it’s the same on the left side.
“So it puts things into perspective when you see what we missed and I am very happy that he came back like this.”
Reece was one of Chelsea’s best performers against Burnley, scoring a decisive opening goal and providing an assist in a 4-0 win.
The right wing-back had missed 16 games through hamstring injury before returning to the pitch against Liverpool last week.