Saul Niguez happy with his Chelsea debut despite half-time substitution

Saul Niguez has revealed he was happy to have made his Chelsea debut against Aston Villa despite his half-time substitution.

Saul struggled on his Premier League debut and was replaced at half-time by Jorginho.

“Wasn’t the expected debut,” Saul wrote on Instagram.

“Really happy with my first game and victory with the team. Incredible to see Stamford Bridge full of Blues.”

Explaining his decision to take off Saul at half-time, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports: “Well, it was hard to do it but I had the feeling he struggled, he had some big mistakes, passing mistakes and errors and he struggled with the intensity and you could see that he has not fully adapted.

“So it is completely my responsibility, I thought that he can maybe just jump in and play for us on that level.

“So I thought it is maybe just better to have Jorginho who has a close connection with Thiago [Silva] to control the game there a bit more.”

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