Having played his second full game in this season’s Carabao Cup run, Ethan Ampadu praised the assistance he received from team-mates around him on what ultimately was a successful night for the Blues.
The 17-year-old, who had completed 90 minutes in midfield in the previous round against Everton, this time lined-up in the middle of defence, flanked by captain Gary Cahill and German international Toni Rudiger. He impressed, especially in the second half when Bournemouth put the pressure on. The opposition did score a late equaliser but there was still time for an Alvaro Morata goal to snatch victory right at the end.
‘They [ Cahill and Rudiger] are excellent pros and that only helped me,’ said Ampadu after the 2-1 win. ‘The way they were speaking to me, talking to me throughout the game just helped me.
‘I was pleased with my performance. On the ball I was just moving it, keeping it simple and just trying to grow my way into the game, but in these kinds of games it is always about getting through to the next round and thankfully we did that.
‘The manager giving you a chance, it gives you confidence that he has trust in you and when you perform you just need show what you can do.’
Already a member of the first-team squad, Ampadu is benefitting from being around world-class players day in day out.
‘You see how professional some like Azpi is for example, how he plays so many games and how he takes care of himself, you just try to learn off a player like that,’ he said.