Saul Niguez ‘made chances for Aston Villa, and struggled’ on his disappointing debut, says Tuchel

CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel admitted new signing Saul Niguez ‘struggled’ in his Premier League debut against Aston Villa.

The Chelsea manager even claimed the new boy ‘created some half-chances for Aston Villa’ before he was subbed at half-time.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who secured a loan move to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, looked off the pace during the Blues’ 3-0 win on Saturday evening.

He was eventually hooked at half-time in what became a nightmare start for the Spaniard.

And Chelsea manager Tuchel was honest in his assessment of the Saul’s first game at the club.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I had the feeling that he struggled.

“There were some big mistakes, passing mistakes, and he struggled with the intensity. You could see he isn’t fully adapted.

“It’s completely my responsibility. I had the feeling he could jump in for us and play at that level.

“I [then] thought it was maybe better to change him, but it doesn’t change anything [about how I see him].”


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