Big advantage going into the game 2-0 up from the first leg?
I think it is very important, the two away goals could prove to be crucial. It is only half a job done, but we couldn’t really have asked for a better first leg and hopefully some more of the same tomorrow.
Had competition from Marcos Alonso for your place, how have you managed that?
When the manager came in it was a clean slate for everyone.
You can look at it two ways. I didn’t play the first three or four games which could have got me down but I used it as an opportunity to work harder, to ask him questions in training to ask where he thinks I could improve my game to get me more match time.
When I get the opportunity to play, I want to prove to him that I should be playing more regularly and I’m sure the other players, Marcos included, are doing the same thing.
I think it is very healthy, especially at the stage of the season we are at, with quarter finals, semi finals of the Cup, the league positioning, wanting to finish in the top four, I think it is very important that we have everyone in the squad challenging each other for 11 shirts and training hard and playing hard because they want to be staying in the team.
I think it is very important that we’ve got that now at this crucial point of the season.
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Ashley Cole a role model for you?
100 percent. That is why when I first came here I was keen to meet him so I could pick his brains. He was pretty similar, he came at a young age and ended up becoming a Chelsea legend. If I can try to replicate the career he’s had here, I will be pretty happy.
Would you say you’re a better player under Thomas Tuchel?
I am not sure, better. I am always trying to improve every day. I would say I am a different player, playing left wingback is something I wasn’t used to before.
Since the manager has come in it is the…