Chelsea FC manager Thomas Tuchel’s response to Saul Niguez’s social media backlash.

Saul has found it difficult to make a major impact since joining Chelsea on loan from Atletico Madrid.


Tuchel is determined to get the best out of Saul at Chelsea.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Saul Niguez has found it difficult to adapt to English football.


Saul, who helped Atletico Madrid secure the LaLiga title last term, moved to Stamford Bridge on loan during the summer but hasn’t been able to make a major impact since he joined the Blues.


The Spaniard displays especially when he came on as a substitute in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Everton on Thursday led to the 27-year-old being criticised by pundits and fans on social media.


He was heavily scrutinised for his positioning as he was unable to prevent Jarrad Branthwaite from equalising for the Toffees.


However, Tuchel, who guided Chelsea to Champions League glory last term, said some of the criticism thrown at the Spanish midfielder has been 'unfair' and he is keen to help Saul improve.


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'Does [Saul] feel that he is in the same role and responsibility as he had at Atletico? No, maybe not yet. Does he struggle? Yes, he struggles,’ Tuchel asserted as Goal reported.


Tuchel reacts to Saul Niguez's social media backlash [Sky Sports Screen Shot]
Tuchel reacts to Saul Niguez's social media backlash [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

'Was he the first player to struggle in the Premier League? No, and he won't be the last one. We protect our players and I will protect our players always. He played yesterday as a No.6, No.9, and as a wing-back.


'Is that fair to him? No, also it is not. Put it into context and you will have a more moderate picture and reaction. I understand people are disappointed after yesterday but reactions like this are the reasons why I am not involved on social media.

'It is why I protect myself and you can get carried away. I can only hope Saul does not read it and why should he? He knows what he needs to do to improve and he is doing everything.


'He struggles at the moment and we are still trying to find the best version of him and will not stop pushing.'




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