The young defender came into the side for the Champions League last-16 clash (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu, who is on loan at RB Leipzig, has revealed that he received messages from his Blues teammates after beating Tottenham in the Champions League.

The German side had to deal with an injury and suspension crisis at the back for their last-16 first-leg clash against Spurs in north London, with Ampadu one of several players drafted in to cover.

He gave a very promising performance, albeit against a Tottenham attack missing Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, as Leipzig won 1-0 and he had some messages from his Chelsea teammates waiting on his phone at full-time.

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‘The being-in-London thing, you have to let go, because it can affect you,’ Ampadu told The Athletic about his trip to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in February.

‘At half-time the discussion was about how we could keep penetrating and also try to keep a clean sheet. Normal, generic football stuff, really.

‘After we scored, we got a bit deeper than we’d have liked and they pressed higher. We didn’t have as much control as in the first half but, defending-wise, I still felt pretty comfortable — as in, comfortable in my role within the team.

‘[At full-time I] felt positive, felt I’d done well. It was tiring, the lungs and legs needed to get used to it. I’d a few messages from Chelsea players after.’

Timo Werner scored the only goal of the match, from the penalty spot, and Ampadu is in no doubt about how good the German striker – who has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool – is.

He continued: ‘I’d heard a lot about him before I came over. He was in the media in England because of his goals, his pace, his ruthlessness. Over here, I’ve seen that.

Ampadu kept Spurs’ makeshift attack at bay rather comfortably (Picture: Getty)

‘He scores all kinds of goals, he gets in behind, he can run at players with his pace, he’s an exciting player.

‘He’s a good bloke. Fairly quiet. I think that’s something here, they’re all fairly quiet, get on with things — although maybe that’s my language barrier and I’ve missed all that.’

Despite impressing against Spurs, Ampadu subsequently picked up a back injury that saw him sidelined before the football season was brought to a halt by the coronavirus crisis.

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