Thomas Tuchel explains his tactics to withdraw Saul Niguez at half-time

Saul Niguez’s loan spell was exacerbated when he was dragged off in the 2-1 victory.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel admits to his decision of dragging Saul Niguez at half-time against Watford in Premier League fixture.

Chelsea secured a 2-1 victory against Watford to maintain their top post in Premier League 2021/22.

Saul Niguez’s loan spell was exacerbated when he was dragged off in the 2-1 victory. Blues head insists the decision had nothing to do with Spinard’s performance.

Tuchel said, “He was on a yellow card.

“We had two options, [the other was to] take Marcos off and put Saul as a wing-back. I had this in my mind before the game if something happened to Marcos, but it wasn’t the right match to try new positions.

“It was him [who went off] to change the shape a little bit and have Thiago on the pitch with the quality of organising, and Trevoh in the six who is more physical.

“Unfortunately Trevoh injured himself so we ended up with Ruben in the single six. It was a tactical decision and we go on from here.”

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