Reece James ‘can’t believe’ Chelsea’s season revolution under Thomas Tuchel

Reece James 'can't believe' Chelsea's season revolution under Thomas Tuchel

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Reece James has admitted that even Chelsea players can hardly believe the way their season has gone.
Chelsea are in the Champions League semi-final, face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday and are still looking for a place in the top four.

It has been an eventful season which saw Frank Lampard sacked in January and replaced by Thomas Tuchel and their form over the past three months has rejuvenated their campaign.

Chelsea defender James has played a key role this season and they also kept 13 clean sheets under Tuchel as they have become a tough side to beat who shouldn’t fear anyone in the Champions League.

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James said: “The season started off a little weird and if you had said we would have been here at the start of the season then we probably wouldn’t have believed you.

“But it just shows with hard work, if everyone puts their heads down and we work as a team and come together, then it shows what’s possible.

“As we progress in the Champions League, the games are obviously more difficult and the stakes are higher. I’ve never been in this role before, like many other young boys, and we are learning a lot along the way.

“You can’t go into the games with no fear. You can recognize a good team, but you can’t worry.

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“We’re a very good team too and we have a lot of strengths and we are also playing on our strengths, and I think that has been shown in recent weeks. I just hope we can continue our good form and keep improving as a team.

“In every game we have to stand tall and approach games in a positive way and we cannot fear anyone – whoever the player is, we just have to take him and prepare well for this game.

“We feel very confident before the games. We work hard defensively as a team and work a lot in training on how we defend as a unit. We make sure we take that into the games.

“Of course when you get to the later stages of the competitions you know you’re going to face top-notch teams so we have to be ready and at our best from the start. They are all very good teams, so we will have to prepare well and be ready for both games.

James also said Chelsea youngsters also need to learn to be wiser on the streets to get free kicks and decisions against experienced European sides.

Porto kicked and fouled Christian Pulisic in the second leg, but James said sometimes players just had to give back a bit in return.

James added: “It’s part of the game in Europe and in the Champions League. When you play against foreign teams, they know what to do in order to be successful in games, so sometimes you have to give it back to them. “

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