Kalas didn’t have time for nerves on Chelsea bow

Tomas Kalas has admitted his Chelsea debut came so quickly he didn’t have time to get nervous, Sky Sports has reported.

Kalas was fielded in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday as Jose Mourinho re-jigged his team in light of injuries, suspensions and the prospect of the Champions League semi-final second-leg with Atletico Madrid this week.

Asked by a Czech publication if he was nervous, Kalas revealed that, to his surprise, he wasn’t. “Maybe it was like that because I only learned about my presence in the starting XI on Sunday, so I didn’t have time to get nervous,” Kalas said.

“The manager asked, jokingly, the most experienced players who they had made their debuts against in the Premier League. They were recalling various clubs and Mourinho told me, ‘See, you will have Liverpool for your debut.’

“I believe that we then put the theory of centre-backs needing a lot of time to get used to one another upside down. Hopefully people couldn’t tell that it was my first game. Naturally, I learned where I need to improve and I what I have to work on, but overall I had a good feeling.”

Kalas was partnered by Branislav Ivanovic, with John Terry and David Luiz both absent and Gary Cahill making only a brief substitute appearance.

The Blues won through goals from Demba Ba and Willian and have closed the gap on league leaders Liverpool to two points with two games to go.

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