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Pochettino explains why a Chelsea star was dropped in the Carabao Cup

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Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Chelsea, has claimed that Mykhailo Mudryk’s recent return to the starting XI has contributed to Ben Chilwell’s relegation to the Blues’ substitutes’ bench.

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When he was named to Chelsea’s leadership group in the summer, Chilwell appeared to be headed for a significant position in Pochettino’s new-look side.

After an injury-plagued campaign last season, the 26-year-old appeared back to his form, featuring significantly in a stalemate against Liverpool and in a more attacking role against Luton Town.

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However, Pochettino’s desire to include Mudryk’s pace in his starting lineup has prompted the Argentine to reduce Chilwell’s playing time, with Levi Colwill, officially a centre-half, deployed at full-back.

“I am quite pleased with Levi and the way he is playing. “He gives the team a very good balance,” Pochettino remarked on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Brighton.

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“Chilly has the possibility to play tomorrow [Wednesday].”

“We were maybe not using him in his best position because he was a winger,” Pochettino remarked of Chilwell’s lack of game time.

“That is why when we started to play with Mischa, our thought was to keep Levi in the position.”

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