Chelsea's Nathan Ake explains benefits of working under Jose Mourinho

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Nathan Ake had a few first team opportunities for Chelsea this season before a short loan spell at Reading.

Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake has said it's good to see younger players like himself get opportunities under Jose Mourinho this season.

Ake picked up a League Cup winners medal this season for his involvement in the earlier rounds of the competition, and is hoping he can feature for the champions this evening against West Bromwich Albion.

Ake told the Chelsea website: "It’s been great to see so many young players get chances to play for the first team this season. Of course you just want to play as many games as you can, and hopefully I can do that against West Brom, but let’s see.

"I have been working under him on a regular basis for one-and-a-half years now and it’s been really good.

"I’ve been involved in a lot of training sessions with him and played some games under him too, and he always helps me, in training and in matches. I just try to improve every day."

The 20-year-old has made four first-team appearances this season but found it hard to break into the side during the second half of the campaign given that both Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel are among those ahead of him in the pecking order.

Nonetheless he did manage to make five appearances during his loan spell at Championship side Reading, working under Mourinho's old number two in Steve Clarke.

But managing to get experience in a victorious League Cup squad along with playing at Champions League level will be a big help in the youngster's development. 

Another player who has been given a chance lately is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who played much of last weekend's 1-1 draw against Liverpool, so there does seem to be some kind of willingness from Mourinho to give the younger players an opportunity ever now and then.

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