“He is solid and consistent and that is what we need” – Tuchel hails Chelsea player after performance against Tottenham. It’s not Rudiger

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was impressed with the performance of Malang Sarr in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Tuchel said about Sarr after the game: “We did not play wing-backs but for me, he can play a full back in the position like today.

“He can play centre-back and in the left position of a back three. That’s where he is at the moment, he deserves to play.

“He has played well when he was needed. I think he is very aware of his role, this is where he started and from there he takes what he can get. He needs to work hard, stay humble.

“Nothing more. There is no need for further promotion, he is doing good, he is solid and he is consistent and that is what we need.”

Tuchel also admitted the early goal against Tottenham Hotspur was important for the Blues.

When asked if the early goal against Tottenham was important for Chelsea, Tuchel said: “Of course, but you always try to have a goal no matter when. I think we started well, created chances, scored and then had even more confidence. We played a very good 30/35 minutes.

“We lost a bit of control, focus, some important duels and were lucky that suddenly we didn’t concede. We were a bit sloppy and weren’t full aware of the danger. I had the feeling on the touchline we were playing with fire.

“Second half again, strong start for 15 minutes but again the same story. We conceded a penalty that wasn’t a penalty or a big chance. We struggled to cope with the momentum,

“We had many ball losses, lost many challenges one-on-one. So big space to improve, it wasn’t a super bad game, but it was an ok game and there were some moments and minutes there were good. But there are some that need huge improvement.

“We have to do better but performance-wise over the two matches, we deserved to win. For today, there is a lot to improve.”

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