Tuchel explains why Saul Niguez didn’t start against Zenit St Petersburg

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has explained why Saul Niguez did not start the game against Zenit on Tuesday.

Tuchel preferred Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in midfield against Zenit, with Saul dropping to the bench after starting against Aston Villa.

Explaining why Saul didn’t start against Zenit, Tuchel said: “It is not the moment after only two days to put him (Saul) in again.

“We trust him, it is no problem, but Jorginho is fresh, Kova had a fantastic game against Villa so it was more a decision for these two rather than against Saul.

“We have some strong guys on the bench and he is one of them.”

Saul struggled on his Chelsea debut against Aston Villa on Saturday and had to be taken off at half-time.

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