Thomas Tuchel has heaped reward on Kalidou Koulibaly following his “extremely good” efficiency on his Chelsea FC debut on the weekend.
The Senegal captain has been settling into life at his new membership after finishing a big-money transfer from Napoli earlier in July and he made his first look for the Blues when he got here on the play the ultimate 17 minutes of Chelsea FC’s pre-season loss to Arsenal on Sunday morning.
The south west London facet suffered a demoralising 4-0 loss to their London neighbours as Mikel Arteta’s males laid down a marker for the season forward with a dominant victory.
Tuchel was understandably pissed off by his facet’s poor efficiency however talking after the sport, he picked out Koulibaly’s show as one of many few positives that the Blues may take away from the defeat.
Tuchel said of Koulibaly: “He was the perfect participant on the pitch for us. He was extremely good, I’ve to say. On a night the place nothing felt good, this felt superb.”
Final season, Koulibaly scored three targets and made three assists in 27 Serie A video games for Napoli to assist them to complete third within the desk.
In the meantime, Koulibaly has earned reward from former Chelsea FC boss and participant Roberto Di Matteo, who can be tipping fellow summer time signing Raheem Sterling to have a huge impact at Stamford Bridge subsequent season.
Talking in an interview quoted by Chelsea FC’s website, Di Matteo mentioned: “Koulibaly and Sterling and two sensible signings. I feel they will be crucial for the staff this season and for the long run.
“They’re two gamers that I feel could have a huge impact on the membership and I’m positive the coach is aware of them very properly by way of how he desires to utilise them. I feel they are going to carry a variety of high quality into the facet, for positive.
“Being Italian, I watch Italian soccer rather a lot and almost about Koulibaly, he’s a top-class participant. He’ll carry physicality, which you want within the Premier League, but in addition he has a variety of technical capability and he has the tactical consciousness that you simply see from the Italian sides in Serie A.
“So I feel he be a superb signing for Chelsea. I really feel like we’re getting a prime participant who’s within the prime of his profession, so I can solely see constructive issues.”
Chelsea FC will conclude their pre-season preparations with a conflict towards Udinese on Friday evening earlier than turning their attentions in the direction of their journey to Everton on the opening weekend of the Premier League marketing campaign.