Saul Niguez hooked off just 45mins into Chelsea debut as stats show Spain international struggled against Aston Villa
SAUL NIGUEZ suffered a nightmare Chelsea debut as he lasted solely till half-time against Aston Villa.
The Spaniard, who joined on mortgage from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, was hooked off and changed by Jorginho.
Stats confirmed he struggled to adapt to the tempo of his first Premier League recreation.
He received solely of his EIGHT duels in midfield, managed just one ball restoration, was dispossessed thrice and dedicated extra fouls (three) than every other participant on the pitch.
The midfielder did show a bit of sophistication when given time in possession, finishing 31 of his 37 passes, however he has a approach to go to adapt to the English recreation.
Thankfully for Thomas Tuchel, Saul’s midfield associate Mateo Kovacic was in impressed type at Stamford Bridge.
The Croatian, who has taken the No 8 shirt this season, did fantastically properly for Chelsea to open the scoring.
He received the ball deep within the his personal half and drove ahead earlier than taking part in as pin-point go for Romelu Lukaku to complete.
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It was the Belgian’s first ever Chelsea aim at Stamford Bridge, ten years after he first arrived in SW6.
And shortly after half-time, Kovacic was on the Chelsea scoresheet for the primary time since December 2019.
It was additionally his first aim at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku later added one other as the Blues secured a 3-0 win that put them second within the league, degree on factors with leaders Manchester United however behind on targets scored.
Tuchel later admitted that the Spaniard struggled.
The German stated: “I had the sensation that he struggled. There have been some massive errors, passing errors, and he struggled with the depth. You may see he isn’t totally tailored.
“It’s utterly my accountability. I had the sensation he may leap in for us and play at that degree.
“I assumed it was perhaps higher to alter him, but it surely doesn’t change something.
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