Former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole was impressed with midfielder Saul Niguez’s efficiency towards Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. The Blues got here out 2-0 winners over their London rivals within the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final conflict at Stamford Bridge.
Saul Niguez was one of many key performers for Chelsea as he managed midfield alongside Jorginho. The Spaniard joined the Blues final summer time on a deadline-day mortgage deal from Atletico Madrid. Nevertheless, his performances thus far have been disappointing. He was subbed at half-time on his debut towards Aston Villa within the Premier League.
Towards Spurs, although, Niguez seemed in full management, breaking apart the opponent’s play and kickstarting Chelsea’s assaults.
“I believed he performed properly. I believe he had good stability with Jorginho in there; he had just a little bit extra license for freedom. Sure, he performed in a two, however he may exit into these huge areas just a little extra, with Jorginho simply sat just a little bit.”
The previous Chelsea man believes Niguez ‘ought to get extra alternatives’, however is not sure of that occuring. That’s as a result of presence of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho, who’ve been on high of their sport this season.
Ashley Cole added on this regard:
“When it comes to his general efficiency and the concerns and issues individuals had round him, he has achieved sufficient tonight to warrant that he ought to get extra alternatives. However finally, the 2 or three gamers in entrance of him are enjoying so wel,l so it is going to be very robust to get into this staff.”
There have been rumours that Chelsea may reduce the Spaniard’s mortgage brief, and ship him again to Atletico Madrid in January. Nevertheless, after his efficiency on Wednesday, they could look to maintain Niguez for some time.
Chelsea get the higher of Tottenham Hotspur as soon as once more
Within the Premier League this season, Chelsea battered Tottenham 3-0 on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Nevertheless, beneath new supervisor Antonio Conte, Spurs went 9 home video games unbeaten earlier than arriving at Stamford Bridge.
It was anticipated to be a more difficult affair this time. Nevertheless, that wasn’t the case, because the Blues fully dominated Spurs. Solely Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and a few poor ending from Chelsea meant the rating was 2-0 on the evening.
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However, the Blues have a large benefit going into the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final subsequent week away at Spurs. Notably, additionally they face Spurs within the Premier League this month at Stamford Bridge.