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Trevoh Chalobah believes consistency will be key for him this campaign to build on a solid first season as a senior Chelsea player and establish himself as a regular in the team.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough tenure at Stamford Bridge in 2021/22, making 30 appearances in all competitions and scoring four goals, including his first in the Premier League and Champions League.

His aim now is to capitalize on the departure of fellow defensive players and play an even bigger role for Thomas Tuchel’s side, starting in pre-season when he could start tonight against Club America in Las Vegas.

“We’re just focusing on pre-season training, getting in shape and getting into games, so that’s the focus right now,” he told a press conference at the Allegiant stadium.

“I haven’t spoken to the manager personally yet, but my aim is just to do well in pre-season, like I started last year, and come back strong.”

Other members of the traveling US tour squad are hoping to follow in Chalobah’s footsteps by making an impression when they return from loan, including Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday night, Tuchel urged these players to use Chalobah as an example to follow.

“He’s the role model,” the Blues head coach said. “He came, took a chance, started the Super Cup against Villarreal last season and that’s what it’s about.

“You can discuss and make plans for all these players, but they’re not worth the paper you write them on because it can change every minute and you just have to be ready.

“All the young players and all the players who come from loan or from different situations want to make a statement here. They are more than invited, they are supported and we are open but they are well aware that the task is very important because the group is competitive and strong.

Chalobah agrees that the opportunity is there for anyone in Tuchel’s meritocracy and he knows better than anyone that the key is to be able to seize the chance when it comes, as he did a year ago after. three seasons on loan.

“They just need to impress and be ready,” he said. “That’s what I did last season and I want to do the same, so for players coming back from loan it’s really the same – you just have to give it your all and you never know. what might happen.”

‘He [Tuchel] definitely sees us as all the same and everyone is on the same level right now, so it’s up to whoever wants it the most and wants to impress.

Age is no obstacle in this Chelsea team and the eternal Thiago Silva is the perfect example. The Brazilian turns 38 in the fall but remains influential for the Blues, his confidence on the pitch and experience off the pitch are key attributes Chalobah can learn from.

“He’s one of the idols I always looked up to when I was young,” he revealed. “He brings a lot of experience to the team. If you see how he played last season, amazing.

“For me, as a young player, trying to reach that level is very important to me and learning from him every day. Everyone in the team also learns from him and he just brings a massive character to the game. crew.

The arrival of Kalidou Koulibaly will add competitiveness to the centre-back ranks, but Chalobah is ready for the challenge that comes with being a Chelsea player, while he also had words of excitement for the signature of Raheem Sterling.

“It’s a great club and Chelsea will always try to strengthen the team in every position,” he added. “I’m just focused on what I need to do to get into the team and do what I did last season, to step it up 10 times more and show the manager I’m ready.

“It brings a lot to the team, what a great player he is,” he added when signing Sterling. “He’s won a lot and scored a lot of goals, so getting this type of player to join our team and then help us win games and trophies is going to be huge for us. We are all excited.

Rebecca R. Santistevan