Chelsea’s Saul Niguez defended by manager Thomas Tuchel despite struggles

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he’s involved over the woes of Saul Niguez, however known as on followers to cease piling hate onto the struggling midfielder.

The ex-Atletico Madrid star has been a shadow of his former self since swapping La Liga for the Premier League, failing to carve a profitable function within the Blues’ midfield rotation.

Tuchel is conscious there’s a drawback for the on-loan Atletico Madrid star and insists that Saul is aware of what is predicted of him to show his efficiency degree round.


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“Does [Saul] really feel that he’s in the identical function and duty as he had at Atletico? No, perhaps not but. Does he wrestle? Yes, he struggles,” Tuchel acknowledged to reporters.

“Was he the primary participant to wrestle within the Premier League? No, and he will not be the final one. We shield our gamers and I’ll shield our gamers at all times. He performed yesterday as a No. 6, No. 9 and as a wingback.

“Is that honest to him? No, additionally it’s not. Put it into context and you should have a extra average image and response. I perceive individuals are disillusioned after [Thursday], however reactions like this are the explanation why I’m not concerned on social media.


“It is why I shield myself and you will get carried away. I can solely hope Saul doesn’t learn it and why ought to he? He is aware of what he must do to enhance and he’s doing every thing.

“He struggles for the time being and we’re nonetheless looking for the most effective model of him and won’t cease pushing.”

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Will Saul keep at Chelsea?

Saul, 27, was launched on mortgage by Atletico on the finish of the summer season switch window with a view to facilitate Antoine Griezmann’s return to the Spanish capital from Barcelona.


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Despite his sterling fame at his boyhood membership, nonetheless, the midfielder has up to now did not carry his abilities over to Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel has performed him in simply 4 Premier League video games so far, and his sub-par efficiency throughout a cameo off the bench in Thursday’s 1-1 draw in opposition to Everton was roundly derided by Blues followers.

Chelsea is again in motion on Sunday, when the Blues go to Wolves at Molineux on Matchday 18.

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