Thomas Tuchel ‘didn’t trust’ eight Chelsea players against Southampton, including Saul Niguez.
Chelsea’s previous three Premier League games have seen Saul Niguez sit on the bench.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel acknowledged that Saul Niguez was one of eight players he couldn’t trust to start Saturday’s triumph over Southampton. By securing all three points at Stamford Bridge, the Blues returned to the top of the Premier League standings, although they had to wait until the last minutes to do so.
Chelsea seized the lead early on thanks to Trevoh Chalobah’s second goal of the season, a leaping header past Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
On the hour mark, however, the hosts were pegged back when James Ward-Prowse equalized from the penalty spot.
With barely 13 minutes remaining, the Southampton midfielder was awarded a straight red card following a horrific charge on Jorginho.
Chelsea took full advantage of the extra man, with late goals from Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell securing the three points for Tuchel’s side.
Saul, who joined the Blues on a season-long loan transfer in the summer, was an unused substitute for the third Premier League game in a row on Saturday.
Saul was replaced in the second half by Ross Barkley, Jorginho, and Mason Mount, as the Atletico Madrid midfielder was overlooked and left to watch from the bench.
Tuchel stated after the game that he will continue to be patient with Saul as he adjusts to life in the Premier League following a disastrous start against Aston Villa last month.
The Chelsea manager went on to say that he is currently unable to trust the midfielder, as well as the seven other Blues players selected as additional substitutes.
Tuchel told reporters, “He [Saul] was very, very close to [a]start.”
“In the end, I decided against him because I figured that if I put him in another high-pressing encounter against an opponent pressing so high in the middle of the pitch, would it be fair to say, ‘Okay, now prove it, and let’s see if your adaptation has progressed any further?'”
I paused for a moment. He does not need to be concerned. Work hard and adapt, and opportunities will present themselves.
“We only have 11 people to offer a chance to.” I’d prefer to see things in a good light. “Brinkwire Summary News,” of course, if you turn it around.