'Important part of it': Tuchel really liked 27-year-old Chelsea player's display vs Wolves
Thomas Tuchel has singled out Chelsea player Saul Niguez for praise after his latest performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Saul, who was used as a half-time substitute, got 45 minutes of action in Sunday’s Premier League fixture at Molineux Stadium.
Chelsea’s inconsistent run of results continued today after being held to a 0-0 draw by Wolves, with both teams lacking a cutting edge around the final third of the pitch.
The Blues were the dominant team pressing for a winner in the second period, however, it was a much more challenging first-half were the hosts were on top.
Saul entered the action at the interval after Trevoh Chalobah was forced off with an injury. The 27-year-old’s received so much stick this season since joining on loan from Atletico Madrid, but he delivered a positive contribution in the second-half.
Tuchel gave a special mention to the on-loan Chelsea midfielder after the Wolves result.
“He (Saul) played well today, and in general we played better because the structure was better, the discipline was better in the structure. That helped us to be better… Saul was an important part of it,” Tuchel said.
Glimmer of hope for Saul at Chelsea?
In fairness, Saul’s short career at Stamford Bridge so far has been well under par. It was great to see him make a contribution of note against Wolves, though.
The left-footer slotted into a deeper midfield position successfully, with Chelsea gaining more control of the contest with him on the pitch.
He made the most interceptions in the Blues team (3) despite playing just a half of football. Also, he looked more composed on the ball than usual and played a superb long pass in the build-up to a great chance that teammate Christian Pulisic missed.
Chelsea fans have a very low expectation of Saul based off previous appearances, but he may have a small block to build on now. After all, he was once a dominant force in the Atletico midfield.
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