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Ben Chilwell: Champions League final brought Man City and Chelsea players closer together |  Football news

Ben Chilwell says the Champions League final brought Chelsea and Manchester City players together rather than creating an embarrassment in the English camp.

The sides met in Porto just a week and a half ago, with enough effort from Kai Havertz to seal a 1-0 victory over the Premier League champions.

Chilwell, Reece James and Mason Mount produced impressive performances in Chelsea’s triumph over a City side with Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling.

The players have gone from rivals to teammates as England prepare for Sunday’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia, with Chilwell claiming there was no hangover from the result in Portugal.


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“It was not at all embarrassing,” said the left-back. “If anything, and it’s quite strange to say, it actually brought us closer together.

“To share a Champions League final, even though they were on the losing side, we come here and it was okay.

“Like I said, it probably brought us together a bit because sharing that experience, such a huge game in all of our careers, it’s going to be good for us, put us in a good position for this tournament, play in a big game like that.

“It can only be positive in a tournament like this.”

Ben Chilwell: Champions League final brought Man City and Chelsea players closer together |  Football news


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When asked if they had mentioned the Champions League final, Chilwell replied: “Not really. Some jokes with the City Boys!

“I don’t really want to say too much about it! But, yes, not really much was said. A few things but all in a light way. “

Chilwell says he’s set to come back to earth after winning the Champions League, with crazy celebrations followed by a quiet break before the Euro at his mother’s house.

“Coming home, walking the dog, going to watch the local cricket matches, it was nice,” he said.

“I haven’t played cricket in a while so coming home and going to see the team I played for – Flitwick – was pretty cool.

“I just went and sat on the side with my dog. And I watched Flitwick against Ampthill.”

Ben Chilwell: Champions League final brought Man City and Chelsea players closer together |  Football news
Chilwell relishes competing with Luke Shaw for a starting spot in England

This break makes the 24-year-old feel refreshed and ready to fight for the left-back position with Luke Shaw.

“We get along really well,” Chilwell said. “Of course there will be a competition for places at each post.

“It’s a very strong England team with a lot of very good players and I’ve said it before with me and Marcos (Alonso) at Chelsea.

“I’ve had him with Christian Fuchs at Leicester for about two years, and in both cases it has made me a better player.

Ben Chilwell: Champions League final brought Man City and Chelsea players closer together |  Football news


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“When you fight for your jersey every day in training it improves you as a player and Luke will have that same frame of mind if you ask him to.

“And if it’s the same all over the pitch with two or three players fighting for a shirt, of course there are only 11 shirts and people desperate to play the opener against Croatia.

“We now have a training week and it will be a very competitive training week where everyone will want to push each other.

“There are only a few players who can play in a very strong team, so coming back to mine and Luke’s situation, we get along really well and are excited.

“In a weird way it’s quite fun pushing each other and training to improve and whoever plays that day will do their best and the other player will be very supportive.”

Chilwell would love to be called up left-back against Croatia on Sunday, when England enter a major home tournament for the first time in 25 years.

“A final at Wembley, in your home country,” he said.

“With fans potentially returning to the stadium, hopefully after a difficult year for the whole country – there isn’t much more motivation than that to give everyone a little bit of happiness and pride this summer. “

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