Malang Sarr praises two Chelsea teammates who made it 'easy' for him in Brentford win

Malang Sarr was full of praise for two Chelsea teammates who helped make it “easier” for him to adapt to the team in his Premier League debut in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brentford.

It was a solid debut from the 22-year-old, who arrived at Stamford Bridge on a free transfer in the summer last year.

Edouard Mendy deservedly stole the spotlight after such an impressive performance, but Sarr also made a few important tackles and interceptions in the game.

The defender had a busy afternoon, having had to make three tackles, six interceptions, and 10 clearances throughout the game.

Sarr’s strong display likely came as a pleasant surprise to many Chelsea fans who initially had their doubts over the defender.

Similar to Ross Barkley and perhaps Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Frenchman was not expected to be in the squad in the first place before the start of the season. He was not very convincing either during the pre-season.

Sarr highlighted that having Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah as defensive partners was really helpful.

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“These two are really smart,” the former Nice centre-back told Chelsea TV about Christensen and Chalobah.

“It’s really easy for me to adapt and talk to them because [we’re] close with each other, and they really want to help the team to win.

“[With these] team players, it is easy for you to step in and fit [in].”

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Thomas Tuchel certainly deserves credit as well.

Before the game, the German pointed out that he had prepared Sarr to play on the left of the back three, which he believes is the defender’s “best position”.

Not to mention that Sarr’s being a solid option in this position could prove crucial for Chelsea.

Antonio Rudiger, who is struggling with back problems, has arguably been Chelsea’s only option for the left centre-back role.

As a result, the Germany international has often had heavier work load than most of his teammates, but Sarr’s presence could at least help solve the problem.

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