Tottenham Hotspur midfielder told French publication L’Equipe that he feels he was able to improve his confidence and fitness levels last season.
The Belgian made 28 starts in the Premier League last year, with seven appearances off of the bench as he secured a tally of 11 goals and five assists in the league, with impressive performances in big games such as against Arsenal away.
He feels it was a much more comprehensive campaign for him personally than his first season at Spurs, after a move from FC Twente in the Netherlands.
“The season went well. It was much more accomplished than my first when I was heavily injured. This year I was able to move on. This helped me to achieve my confidence and fitness level,” he said.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino deserves a little bit of credit for improving the confidence of the player.
The Argentine has come in and has done well to encourage the players in different areas of the squad to play with some freedom and to not be afraid of making mistakes in big games because they have taken a risk.
There are likely to have been question marks in the minds of some Tottenham fans last season, which he was only able to address because of the opportunity which was given to him by the boss.
In terms of his fitness, that improved because the manager gave him more of a chance to play frequently across all competitions.
There is nothing better in terms of improving the general fitness levels of a player than time on the pitch, embracing that intensity which only comes from a competitive situation.
Chadli must now press on and try to improve in all areas further, with the intention of making himself priceless in the current Spurs first team.