Tuchel admits he almost selected Saul for Southampton clash

To get news directly on the go, download the Real Chelsea Fans App

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has a good squad depth at his disposal, and the midfield position is where the competition is most intense at Chelsea.

Chelsea already had N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic for the central midfield position which made the club make a move for Saul.

The signing from Atletico now faces fresh competition as Ruben Loftus-Cheek has come out from the dark and Ross Barkley is also providing top class competition.

Tuchel has now revealed that he nearly selected Saul to start in the last game against Southampton but only changed his mind late on.

The Blues boss then moved to promise Saul more playing opportunities but warned that he must grab it when the opportunity arrives.

“He does not need to worry. Just work hard and adapt and the chances will come,” Tuchel said of Saul.

“We have only 11 to give a chance. I would like to see it in a positive way.

“If you turn it around of course you have eight players who we didn’t trust today from the beginning. This is a reality. I cannot hide from this reality.

“I will always do my choices in the best belief for the team and best belief in this moment and for these type of games. There will always be tactical choices and choices of current form and of connections on the field.

“Particularly about Saul, he was very, very close to start today. In the end I decided against him because I thought to put him in another high pressing match, an opponent pressing so high in the centre of the pitch, would it be fair to say “okay, now prove it and let’s see if your adaption has gone further” and I hesitated a little bit.

“I have to take the selection and take the responsibility for the selection and eight players today did not like it. It is also life at Chelsea and we have to keep on going and keep everyone positive.

“The guys have to work for their form because form is most important – form and confidence and a positive attitude. He has everything.”

About the Author

VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.