‘I was disorientated’: Saul recalls his nightmare Chelsea debut, explains why it was so bad

“For me, I’m focused on playing football and understanding the ideas of the head coach above all,” Saul told Chelsea’s official website.

“In my first match, I was a bit disorientated because I was used to doing things differently and it was a bit strange for me.

“I hadn’t had much time to train with my team-mates and when I first started many of them were away with their national teams so it was a difficult start but I want to say thank you to the Chelsea staff, who have always transmitted a sense of calm during this period of adaptation.

“I really want to show the player I am and repay their confidence in me.”

Saul had a debut to forget. He made his first appearance for the Blues in the Premier League clash against Aston Villa in September and looked completely lost.

He was extremely slow in possession, lost the ball way too often and was lucky Villa did not capitalise on one of his errors.

Jorginho replaced him at the break and Chelsea went on to win the game 3-0, scoring all three goals in the second half.

It’s in the past now as the Spaniard has adapted to the Premier League and his performance level has significantly improved.

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