Saul Niguez reveals Thiago Silva has comforted him after tough debut

‘Don’t worry about your debut… mine was much worse!’: Chelsea’s new boy Saul Niguez reveals Thiago Silva has been comforting him over his troubled start against Aston Villa – by recalling his West Brom horror show last year

  • The midfielder, 26, joined from Atletico and made his debut last Saturday
  • Saul Niguez revealed his chat with Thiago Silva to journalist Fabrizio Romano 
  • Tuchel has claimed that Saul’s difficult start was ‘completely my responsibility’

Saul Niguez has revealed that his fellow Chelsea teammate Thiago Silva reassured and supported him after his difficult debut against Aston Villa last week. 

The Spanish midfielder joined Chelsea on loan from Atletico Madrid and the club have the option to buy him on a permanent deal for £30million next summer. 

However, Saul had a tough start to his Premier League career and was substituted at half-time after losing possession of the ball several times throughout the first 45 minutes. 

Saul Niguez did not impress on his Premier League debut last weekend against Aston Villa

Saul lost possession of the ball nine times throughout the first 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge

In an interview with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Saul revealed that Silva offered some advice to the midfielder after the Brazilian similarly took some time to settle in at the West London Club. 

Saul said: ‘After my poor performance in my first match (against Aston Villa), Thiago Silva in particular supported me a lot. “My first game with Chelsea was much worse, believe me and don’t worry” he said.’ 

Silva had a Premier League debut to forget as he made a mistake and was at fault for a West Brom goal during a 3-3 draw at the start of last season.  

Fellow Chelsea teammates Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have also needed time to find their feet after arriving for huge transfer fees from the Bundesliga last summer. 

His Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel also acknowledged the difficulties of adapting to the Premier League.  

He said: ‘It was a hard decision but I had the feeling he struggled. There were some big mistakes, passing mistakes, easy ball losses which is very unusual for him. He struggled with the intensity. You could see he isn’t fully adapted.

The Chelsea manager has defended the player after substituting him against Aston Villa 

‘Hopefully he can accept it was completely my responsibility. I had the feeling he could jump in and play at that level.

‘I put him into a very difficult match after the international break and it was hard to adapt the physicality in general, and to the intensity and high pressing of Aston Villa. Also it was hard for him to adapt to our system and principles.

‘I thought it was maybe better to change him and to give us more stability in the centre and switch the shape.’

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