Thomas Tuchel impressed by Lewis Hall but warns there is no need to get ‘super overwhelmed’

By James Robson

Chelsea starlet Lewis Hall convinced Thomas Tuchel he was ready for his first team debut despite his manager rarely seeing him play on a full-size pitch.

The 17-year-old was outstanding in the European champions 5-1 win against Chesterfield, which booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Tuchel admitted he has only had limited time to assess the teenager – but has been so impressed with his ability on the ball that he knew he deserved his big opportunity against the National League leaders.

The German said: “It was his performance in general and his attitude in training. The quality he showed was very calm and very good in our possession games and the little games he trained in.

“We never really trained with the full squad so it was more small-sided games, but he was good.

“I haven’t heard him speak so much in training. But he deserved to play, he is a nice guy and very calm. A huge opportunity at Stamford Bridge. He took his chance and was hugely involved in some of the goals. Happy for him.”

Hall was involved in two of Chelsea’s goals and also denied Kabongo Tshimanga a chance to level the score a 1-0.But Tuchel was measured in his praise of the academy graduate.

“There is no need to talk it down artificially, but there is no need to get super overwhelmed because we played against a fifth division team and he is part of a strong squad,” Tuchel said.

“So put the things in relation to the demands and we can continue.

“He deserved to start and we needed a pause for Toni (Rudgier), Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) and Marcos (Alonso) in defence and that’s why. We had three defenders left and he was one of them. It was very clear what we demand from the players in the position and that helps them.

“It’s a very supportive dressing room and there is supportive attitude from all the more experienced players so this is very good for the young boys.

“In the end, they have to step up and show what they are capable of. They did again. They did against Brentford, the guys who played, and today they did their best to help us win this match.”


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