“Very happy with his performance. Huge step for him” – Tuchel hails Chelsea player after performance against Tottenham

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was impressed with the performance of Saul Niguez in Chelsea’s 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Saul has had a difficult start to life in England since his deadline day transfer from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.

“Yeah he is, he is,” replied Tuchel to if Saul is showing that he’s starting to settle to life in the capital. 

“He is happier and freer in training, I see it every day. He played better when he came on against Wolverhampton, he already had a good impact so he is stepping up and stepping out.

“I was so happy when I saw him on the sideline for the second goal in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool, he was totally committed and it was very impressive to see him like this.

“So, it is an important moment for him and I have the feeling he digested the experiences in the beginning where maybe he didn’t expect it like this. He is not the first player to struggle from the switch, what he does is good because he is open and fully focussed, totally committed to the team.

“So I am very happy with his performance. Today was a huge step for him.”

Meanwhile, Tuchel has revealed Chelsea played a 4-4-2 in the first-half against Tottenham Hotspur.

“In the first half, we played 4-4-2 when we had the ball as there were no five players left to play a back five after Thiago Silva was ruled out,” Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports after the Tottenham win.

“We took the chance to inform the team that maybe this was the solution for today.

“We took some minutes on the training field to work through the principles and I felt the team was very focused on that to do it right and we had some moments in defending when we created a back five.

“The team were very open-minded and we didn’t concede too many chances against them.”

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