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Tuchel praised Saul after Southampton EFL cup Victory

Wed 27 October 2021 | 10:03

The Spanish star impressed his coach with his performance last night.

Chelsea

boss Thomas Tuchel has praised midfielder Saul Niguez after his side's victory over Southampton yesterday.

Chelsea went to Southampton in the EFL Cup last night and advanced to the next round on penalties with a 4-3 victory after a 120-minute draw. Theo Walcott and Will Smallbone failed to convert their penalties and the Blues won with a penalty from James.

Saul, who played only once for Chelsea against Malmo in the Champions League after the match against Aston Villa in the previous round of the EFL Cup, had a good performance in last night's match And he had a positive effect on the game. After the match , Thomas Tuchel praised the Spanish midfielder.

Tuchel told reporters:

"[He had] a good match, a huge step in the right direction for him.

"I am happy. We thought maybe he would be struggling with the intensity at the 70th minute but he got better and better, had chances and shots.

"We thought let's keep him and give him the minutes. It was a good step for him."

The German coach then spoke about the injuries that limited his options for the game. He added: 

"Azpi injured his shoulder, let's see. We hope he will be fit, he is a tough guy. Maybe he will be fit Saturday [for the game against Newcastle United]. Ruben has a pain in his hip, in his joint. Andreas had tooth surgery and should be fine to train on Thursday."

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