‘Don’t worry about your debut… mine was much worse!’: Chelsea’s new boy Saul Niguez reveals Thiago Silva comforted him about his rough start against Aston Villa – by recalling his West Brom horror show last year
- The 26-year-old midfielder came over from Atletico and made his debut last Saturday
- Saul Niguez revealed his chat with Thiago Silva to journalist Fabrizio Romano
- Tuchel has claimed Saul’s rough start was ‘entirely my responsibility’
Saul Niguez has revealed that his fellow Chelsea team-mate Thiago Silva reassured and supported him after his difficult debut against Aston Villa last week.
The Spanish midfielder is on loan from Atlético Madrid at Chelsea and the club have the option to buy him next summer for £30million.
However, Saul had a rocky start to his Premier League career and was substituted at half time after losing possession several times in the first 45 minutes.
Saul Niguez failed to impress in his Premier League debut against Aston Villa last weekend
Saul lost the ball nine times in the first 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge
In an interview with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Saul revealed Silva had given some advice to the midfielder after the Brazilian took some time to settle in at the West London Club.
Saul said: “After my poor performance in my first game (against Aston Villa), Thiago Silva in particular has been very supportive. “My first game with Chelsea was much worse, believe me and don’t worry,” he said.
Silva made a Premier League debut to be forgotten quickly, making a mistake and making a mistake by West Brom in a 3-3 draw at the start of last season.
Fellow Chelsea team-mates Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have also taken time to find their way after arriving for huge Bundesliga transfer fees last summer.
His Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel also acknowledged the difficulties in adapting to the Premier League.
He said: ‘It was a difficult decision, but I felt like he was having a hard time. There were some big mistakes, passing errors, easy ball losses, which is very unusual for him. He struggled with the intensity. You could see it’s not completely adjusted.
Chelsea manager has defended the player after replacing him against Aston Villa
“Hopefully he can accept that it was entirely my responsibility. I felt like he could jump in and play at that level.
“I put him in a very difficult game after the international break and it was difficult to adapt the physical condition in general, and to the intensity and high pressing power of Aston Villa. It was also difficult for him to adapt to our system and our principles.
“I thought maybe it would be better to change it and give us more stability in the center and change the shape.”