Thomas Tuchel admits he wasn’t fair to Saul as boss responds to tired Chelsea fans | Football | sport
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he hasn’t been fair to Saul Niguez. The versatile midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge on loan from Atletico Madrid in August but failed to impress in England and was criticized for a series of dismal displays.
Saul was in action for the Blues on Thursday night as he came off the bench in their 1-1 draw with Everton.
The 27-year-old has been sad throughout his 25-minute appearance as he played in multiple positions.
He failed to hold the ball in attack, gave up the ball in midfield and saw a crossbar pass over the crossbar.
The Spain international was even at fault for Everton’s equalizer as he failed to take a free kick before Jarrad Branthwaite connected to return the ball to the back of the net.
Chelsea fans were furious with the player’s performance, with some on social media calling for him to leave the club immediately.
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“Does Saul feel the same guy as Atletico, with the same role and the same responsibility? No, maybe not yet.
“Is he struggling? Yes. Is he the first to struggle to come to the Premier League? No. And he won’t be the last.
Tuchel will be deprived of a streak of star players on Sunday after his side were hit by a wave of coronavirus cases ahead of their clash with Everton.
So the German boss could call on Saul again as Chelsea look to keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City.