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Trevoh Chalobah details Thomas Tuchel chats that helped seal Chelsea “dream”

The Chelsea academy graduate was a surprise pick for the Super Cup in Belfast and has remained in Thomas Tuchel’s plans in the early weeks of the Premier League season

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Trevoh Chlonah will always treasure the moment when he sank to his knees in disbelief.

His goal on his Premier League debut was the culmination of a boyhood dream to play for Chelsea which even he feared was beginning to slip away.

Chalobah, 22, joined Chelsea as an eight-year-old, had been loaned out three times and was thinking he would be farmed out again this season until Thomas Tuchel promoted him to the first team.

And his spectacular goal in Chelsea’s win over Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season was something he will treasure for the rest of his life. From ballboy to goalscoring hero.

“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,” said Chalobah.



Chalobah sinks to his knees after scoring Chelsea’s third against Crystal Palace
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“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.”

Chalobah was one of Chelsea’s best young prospects when he was growing up as he played with the likes of Reece James and Mason Mount.

But, while they got their chance under Frank Lampard, versatile Chalobah – who can play as a defender or in midfield – was sent out to Huddersfield and then spent last season at Lorient in France.









His big chance came in the Super Cup in Belfast when he was a surprise pick in the starting line-up against Villarreal and he has not looked back since.

Chelsea boss Tuchel had a strong reputation for giving youth a chance at Borussia Dortmund and being told to move to the first team building at the club’s Cobham training complex was a conversation he will never forget.

He told the Chelsea website: “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. 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.



Thomas Tuchel has helped guide Chalobah through the early stages of the season




“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.







“He said he already knew what I was like from my time on loan at Lorient. We played at PSG away in the first half of last season when he was there. I came on for the second half and did really well so that’s when he first saw me.

“It was just about taking my chances. He’s been very helpful. He’s always told me what I need to do, especially on the pitch, when you do something wrong you need to correct. As a player that’s what you want, you need that to improve. That guidance is really important.

“I played with Mason Mount and Reece James from the youth days, winning a lot of trophies together, so it gave me the motivation to get here and now it doesn’t stop, I’ll keep going and aim for more. It’s good to get that motivation from each other, that’s what gave me the hunger.”




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