Chalobah opens up on ‘dream’ moment on PL debut
Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah has opened up on his “dream” Premier League debut last month.
The 22-year-old scored as the Blues beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Upon scoring, Chalobah sank to his knees in disbelief.
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Representing his boyhood club in the Premier League was a dream come true for the young defender, after being loaned out three times by previous managers.
Current head coach Thomas Tuchel gave Chalobah an unexpected chance in the UEFA Super Cup final against Villarreal, followed up by the Londoners Premier League opener.
“I just couldn’t believe it. It’s every kid’s dream to play in the Premier League, that was my dream for years, being a ball boy, going to watch games, seeing Champions League nights at Stamford Bridge,” he said.
“It was everything from when I came here when I was eight, all those memories just flashed through my mind, the loans and all the hard work I’ve done and the sacrifices I’ve made.
“As the ball came to me I could hear the fans saying ‘shoot’ and that’s the only reason I did it. I didn’t know it had gone in until I heard them cheering. That’s when I dropped to my knees, I just couldn’t believe it. It took at least a week to sink in.”
Tuchel has a strong reputation of giving youth a chance, and Chalobah says the moment the German coach told him he would be given a chance in the first team is one he will never forget.
“Even until the day he told me I didn’t really believe it would happen. Even after the Super Cup I thought he’d probably want me to go on loan,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“After the Palace game it was a bit half-and-half, but until he pulled me into the office and gave me the news I couldn’t really believe it.
“I spoke to the manager between the Palace and Arsenal games and he told me he wanted me to stay, so I moved over to the first-team building that week. Before that I was changing over at the Academy, but now I’ve fully moved over. It was a nice feeling when the manager told me.
“He spoke to me after training and told me how well I’d done, that I’d taken my chance in pre-season and in the games. He said he thinks I can be a good asset to the team and learn from the other players and support them.”
Source: All The News – Football365
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