Chelsea are facing Watford in the Premier League this evening in another important match, and as usual, Thomas Tuchel faced the media yesterday ahead of the big game.
As always is the case with these press conferences, the embargo section that gets released later on in the evening provided us with some interested comments from the boss.
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Not only was he detailing the situation with Andreas Christensen’s contract issues which is full of drama, he was also taking questions and speaking on Saul Niguez, who has barely featured at all since his deadline day move to Chelsea this summer.
Interestingly, Saul has a chance of starting tonight with injuries to Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, and Tuchel also naming Jorginho as a doubt yesterday.
But the questions from the media were, who’s idea was it to sign Saul Niguez? Was he a club signing? Was it driven by Tuchel himself?
Well, as reported by The Daily Mail, the boss has explained:
“A club signing? No, we don’t do this. Until now we didn’t do club signings and coach’s signings. We do signings because we decide together because we believe it’s a good pick and a good addition to the squad, and this was exactly the case.
“I think every single player needs his time to adapt and Saul needed his time. He competes with a lot of high quality players in midfield.
“We need to understand him a bit better, not in terms of language, but in terms what is his real strength, the detail of the player, what can he add to the squad, where is his maybe unique quality and it was not easy.
“I guess it’s the first time he plays for another club than Atletico, he comes from the academy there, and we have to accept the style of the game is so different from Spain to here.
“It teaches us a lesson that everybody needs individual time to adapt and since many days he is stronger, I feel him a bit more relaxed and at the same time that gives him a little bit more freedom to impose his quality. He’s very strong in finishing, in arriving in the box.
“In the moment, where we have injured players in the midfield, even Jorgi doubtful for tomorrow, it’s the moment for him to be ready and I have the feeling since many days that he is ready and can show what he wants to show.”
A hint there also that Saul will start tonight…