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.
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 position that me and Marcos are playing so I am different player. I am really trying to improve my game in that sense at left wingback.
And asking the manager a lot of questions of what he thinks I can do to improve my game and I feel like am definitely improving.
Hear about the bad things from the training ground, but what about the good things?
You can probably tell it is a squad that is together.
Since the manager has come in the form has been brilliant from the team. We are playing well, we are not conceding a lot of goals which shows the togetherness.
The incident that is getting brought up, I think is a positive because it shows that we are all fighting and competitive because we want to be successful and then gets brushed under the carpet straight away.
I think it is very important that we have these things that make us want to be better and push each other. Going into the last stage of the season it is very important we are all hungry to be successful.
Just how good is Mason Mount and how much better can he get further down the line?
Before I came here me and Mason were close through England but I would only get to see him training and playing with him a few times a season.
Now, training with him every day and seeing how good he really is, not just his ability that he has that he was born with, his natural ability, but the fact that he works very hard, he is very keen to learn all the time, always doing extras, he’s always in the gym, doing everything he can to better himself.
With the natural talent that he has, the work rate, the sky is the limit for him.
This season, since I’ve come in to now, we’ve already seen he has improved so much. If he keeps on doing what he is doing, scoring, assisting, keeping humble, working hard away from the training ground, which I know he does, he will be a great player for Chelsea and England for a long time.
Your thoughts on Porto and the challenge ahead tomorrow?
If you look at the first leg, we knew going into that game that it was going to be very physical game.
They are a very strong outfit with a lot of technically gifted players, but I think the manager touched on the fact they are a very proud team as well and it is the semi finals of the Champions League up for grabs. It is definitely not over.
We are not going to go into tomorrow complacent because we know the job is only half done. We know it is important we go into the game with the same mentality as we did for the first game.
Scored in the first leg, fancy yourself as a scorer now?
It gave me the confidence to score a goal like that. Hopefully I can replicate it and try to score a few more goals.
On Saturday I got a bit of stick from Mason and Callum for having a shot on my right foot and didn’t pass the ball. I got a bit of stick off them for that. I think getting in those positions it is important to start taking a few more shots and a few more goals would be nice.
Have you noticed a shift in mentality since Tuchel arrived?
I wouldn’t say a shift in mentality because under the manager before it was all about winning as well. Nothing has changed there. It is still the same. We hopefully want to win a trophy or two this season.
I think maybe older players, more experienced players are playing at the moment.
That is down to training and whenever anyone is asked to come into the team they give 100 percent and the people that aren’t playing are also very important and pushing everyone forward, training hard and very supportive, which is very important and could be very important for the next few months coming up.