Azpilicueta reveals how Saul Niguez reacted after being subbed off at half-time

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Chelsea signed up Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid, and the Blues have the option of making the deal permanent at the end of the season.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel thrust the new signing into the starting eleven for the game against Aston Villa, but it was a horrible debut experience for the 26-year-old.

Saul made so many errors and his misplaced passes almost cost the team, which led to Tuchel subbing him off at half-time.

Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has now revealed how the Spaniard reacted to his poor debut experience.

According to the Chelsea skipper, his countryman took it well and has vowed to adapt to the new league.

When asked to give his verdict on Saul’s start at Chelsea, Azpilicueta said: “Saul is a great player, I know him since his days in the national team, he has great experience at the highest level with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

“Of course, when he signed for Chelsea he had a bit of a stressful last hours in the transfer window, he arrived in a new country, had just a few training sessions, first game against a good opposition, they were very aggressive, it’s normal sometimes you need a bit more time to adapt.

“His response has been absolutely spot on. His desire to improve, asking questions, he wants to adapt as quick as possible.

“Some players need more time than others, that’s completely natural.

“He has our full support. He’s a great addition, I’m very happy to have him in our team.

“I’m sure he’ll keep growing and help the team because we need it from everybody. I’m sure he’ll be an important player in the season.”

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