MX23RW : Tuesday, October 26 06:30:19| >> :120:30090:30090:

Thomas Tuchel tips Saul Niguez to handle culture shock of Premier League life

Thomas Tuchel tips Saul Niguez to handle culture shock of Premier League life
© Reuters
The 26-year-old was replaced at half-time during a difficult debut for Chelsea against Aston Villa.

Thomas Tuchel has tipped Saul Niguez to handle his Premier League culture shock and thrive at Chelsea.

Atletico Madrid loan midfielder Saul was replaced at half-time during his difficult Blues debut, as Chelsea overwhelmed Aston Villa 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The 26-year-old failed to hit the pace of the game or find his rhythm, and was withdrawn by boss Tuchel after a string of errant passes.

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea – Pre Season Friendly – Vitality Stadium
Thomas Tuchel has explained how Chelsea picked up Saul Niguez after a tough Blues debut (Kieran Cleeves/PA)

German manager Tuchel insists Chelsea have total confidence in Saul realising his full potential in English football, once he settles into the Premier League swing.

"It takes maybe now a bit of time to get it off his shoulders but the good thing is he is of an age where he does not worry too much," said Tuchel.

"He is self-confident and the good thing is everybody in the dressing room and in the club knows him very well and played many times against him.

"So there are no doubts. It just needs a bit of time and the best thing to react is what he did. He trains good and he trains with intensity and this will prepare him for the next time he is on the pitch for us."

Romelu Lukaku's brace and a neat finish from Mateo Kovacic proved enough for Chelsea to ease past Villa in west London on September 11.

Saul's much-anticipated debut fell flat however, with the Spain star unable to find his niche.

Jorginho's arrival off the bench at the interval steadied Chelsea's ship and helped the Blues step towards victory.

Chelsea will make the trip to Tottenham on Sunday with N'Golo Kante's return to fitness another boost in defensive midfield.

Saul could be left to bide his time before his next Chelsea appearance, but Tuchel has no qualms about his quality, or his character.

The Chelsea manager in fact revealed he and his players took the time to talk Saul through their very own early adaptations to the unique Premier League intensity.

"We have guys who experienced the same difficult start in the team, and this team is a very supportive team, so everybody shared their experiences also from their first matches in the Premier League," said Tuchel.

"Me as a coach, the same. When I watched Premier League and was at the sideline in my first match against Wolverhampton this was another level of what I saw, and I had played already against Premier League teams in the Champions League.

"So if it comes up to you in every three days it is quite impressive and maybe a culture shock. We don't doubt his quality and his ability to adapt."

ID:464290:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect6186:

Click here for more stories about Thomas Tuchel

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane applauds fans after the match on September 11, 2021
Read Next:
Thomas Tuchel reveals he thought Harry Kane would join Manchester City
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
La Liga
Serie A
Taca da Liga
League One
League Two
National League
National League North
National League South
Scottish Championship
EFL Trophy
Copa Diego Maradona
3Manchester CityMan City96212041620
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham95221610617
5Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton943299015
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs9504913-415
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231615114
9Leicester CityLeicester94231515014
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves941499013
13Aston Villa93151315-210
15Crystal Palace91621114-39
17Leeds UnitedLeeds9144816-87
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle90451120-94
20Norwich CityNorwich9027223-212

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!