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Sport News: Saul Niguez will benefit from Chelsea’s tactical switch, insists Pat Nevin

Nevin also believes the 3-5-2 formation could be best suited for tricky assignments on the road – starting with the clash against Juventus on Wednesday.

Pat Nevin believes Saul Niguez will have chances to flourish in Chelsea’s midfield should Thomas Tichel persevere with a 3-5-2 formation.

A tactical switch from Tuchel saw Chelsea overrun London rivals Tottenham just over a week ago.

Having struggled in the first-half, the German switched from his preferred 3-4-3 formation to a 3-5-2, with the Blues going onto dominate the second-half and win 3-0.

The system could not deliver the same result on Saturday as Chelsea fell to a 1-0 home defeat to champions Manchester City.

But former Blue Nevin has called for patience, also believing it could benefit Saul who is still finding his feet at the club following his summer arrival from Atletico Madrid.

‘Another thing that becomes clear now is that the recruitment of Saul also makes more sense when you want to play three in the central midfield area and they have to play at a ruinously high tempo,’ he told Chelsea’s official website.

‘They must get rest games in this style, so another midfielder is good planning.

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‘I think the slight doubt over the weekend’s tactics was a bit early. This could be the direction we take longer term, and certainly in at least some games going forward.’

Tuchel has tweaked his formation in recent weeks
Tuchel has tweaked his formation in recent weeks

Nevin also believes the 3-5-2 formation could be best suited for tricky assignments on the road – starting with the clash against Juventus on Wednesday

‘It certainly isn’t time to panic and with Juventus to be faced tomorrow, a decent dose of common sense is called for, as well as considered thinking.

‘All eyes will be on the team sheet and the initial line-up because Juve often play with just the two centre-backs as well.

‘Two up top for Chelsea, even away from home in the Allianz Stadium in Turin, might still be a temptation.

‘It would certainly be brave but with enough energy and belief this can work incredibly well away from home.’

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