Nathan Ake: What I really thinking about playing in hard Chelsea role
The Chelsea defender discusses his role in Antonio Conte's side
Nathan Ake has admitted that playing as Chelsea’s left wing-back is a hard role after the Dutch defender returned to the Blues side for their 4-0 win against Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round.
The versatile defender was recalled from his loan spell at Premier League rivals Bournemouth earlier in January after Ake produced a series of impressive performances under Eddie Howe’s stewardship in the Cherries’s back four.
The Netherlands Under-21 international was brought back to provide cover for Chelsea’s back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz ahead of the second half of the 2016-17 season.
And Ake slotted in at left-wing back in Conte’s Chelsea team for their clash against Championship side Brentford in the FA Cup fifth round and acquitted himself well as Antonio Conte’s side kept a clean sheet.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website after his comeback performance at Stamford Bridge, Ake lifted the lid on the difficult surrounding his wing-back role.
“It’s a hard position, of course, but I enjoyed it,’ he said. ‘A lot of up and down, so you need a lot of energy. I was kind of tired at the end. It was my first time,” Ake said.
“You have to get forward a lot and if the ball is on the other side you are basically a winger.”
Chelsea are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table.