Reece James opens up on squad rotation and how Cesar Azpilicueta has been helping him

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One of the biggest emergences onto the scene at Chelsea in the last couple of seasons has been right-back Reece James.

When he was on loan at Wigan Athletic a couple of seasons ago, we could all just see that Chelsea really had a player here, and it was clear that he simply just had to make it at the club.

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Two years later, and he has become an important regular for Chelsea, and he is also looking like doing the same for England on the international scene.

His quality and mentality put him a cut above the rest, and his determination to succeed and win things at Chelsea is truly admirable.

James has been asked to play a slightly different role at right wing-back this season, which means he is no longer competing with captain Cesar Azpilicueta for a spot at right back.

He has been speaking to the Chelsea website about the influence the club captain has had on him so far, and also squad rotation under Thomas Tuchel.

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James said:

“Yeah, of course [Azpilicueta has helped my development].

“He’s been at the club for a number of years and is a club legend. Playing in front of him is great and knowing I’ve got him behind me is a very good feeling as well. I always feel safe and secure on the pitch.

“Ever since I came into the senior squad, right from the start, he’s always been supporting and helping and guiding me and he still does that now.

“When the competition’s always so high, there are so many good players around you, I think sometimes rotation and competition help bring the best out of myself and the other players.

“It keeps you on your toes and pushes you every day in training as well, just to make sure that you are playing and you get the best out of yourself and the rest of the players.”

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