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Chalobah still pinching himself after amazing season start with Chelsea

Trevoh Chalobah is still pinching himself over his start to the season with Chelsea.

The young defender helped the Blues to a European Super Cup triumph against Villarreal before scoring his first Premier League goal in debut in victory over Crystal Palace.

He told the club's website: "It's been a great start and it was a complete surprise. I'd played in the pre-season games, got good minutes and did well, but it was a final and you expect the manager to play the senior players. I only found out when I saw the team sheet a few hours before the game and my name was in the starting line-up, I was over the moon. To play in a final, especially a European final, to go and win it as well, was just unbelievable.

"Going into penalties you never know how it's going to go and it was a nervous moment, but the boys were confident when they went up to take them. I was next to take a penalty after Rudiger, but then Kepa saved theirs so all the pressure got taken off."

On the Palace game, Chalobah also said: "I just couldn't believe it. It's every kid's dream to play in the Premier League, that was my dream for years, being a ball boy, going to watch games, seeing Champions League nights at Stamford Bridge. Starting my first-ever game for the club at the Bridge is a moment I can never forget and then I topped it off with a goal, which was obviously a very nice feeling.

"I wouldn't have shot from there very often. Most of my goals have been in the box, a header or a tap in, but as it came to me I could hear the fans saying 'shoot' and that's the only reason I did it. I didn't know it had gone in until I heard them cheering. That's when I dropped to my knees, I just couldn't believe it."

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