Tuchel explains why he took off Saul Niguez at half-time against Watford

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Saul Niguez started his second Premier League game for Chelsea and for a second time was withdrawn at half-time.

The Spanish midfielder was among a number of Blues who had struggled to get to grips with Watford’s front-foot approach in the opening 45 minutes

Explaining why he took off Saul Niguez at half-time, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said: “He was on a yellow card. We had two options, [the other was to] take Marcos off and put Saul as a wing-back. I had this in my mind before the game if something happened to Marcos, but it wasn’t the right match to try new positions.

“It was him [who went off] to change the shape a little bit and have Thiago on the pitch with the quality of organising, and Trevoh in the six who is more physical. Unfortunately Trevoh injured himself so we ended up with Ruben in the single six. It was a tactical decision and we go on from here.”

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