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I was nervous to go into the season with three midfielders - Thomas Tuchel

Before Chelsea signed Saul Niguez on deadline day, Thomas Tuchel reveals that he was very nervous as it was his first time going into a new season with just 3 natural midfielders. The Chelsea coach also says Chelsea doesn't have the biggest squad in terms of numbers as opposed to popular belief.

The Chelsea coach said participating in competitions like FIFA Club World Cup and players having to travel at one time or the other to their country to play African Cup of Nations and Copa America were the reasons Chelsea had to bulk up the squad.

Thomas Tuchel on Saul Niguez: "I was nervous to go into the season with three midfielders. Saul was on Chelsea's radar for many, many years. He has been on my radar for many, many years. I tried to sign him for other clubs."

Thomas Tuchel: "I am absolutely happy. We don't have the biggest squad in numbers, like now when we miss two players. But we have a strong squad in quality and character. I'm happy Saul is a big part of that. I was a bit concerned to go into a season with only Jorginho, Mateo and N'Golo. Not because of lack of quality/character, but in terms of it being unpredictable, many games to come."

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