Malang Sarr’s performance in the 1-0 win over Tottenham was praised by Thomas Tuchel, but he maintained that he still needs to ‘work hard and stay humble.’
Chelsea qualified for the Carabao Cup final on Wednesday night thanks to Antonio Rudiger’s first-half header, completing a back-to-back victory over their opponents after winning the first leg 2-0.
With Marcos Alonso on the bench this evening, Sarr, 22, was given a rare start and contributed to his side’s clean sheet.
Sarr has made eight appearances this season, but only one of them has been in the league, and despite Tuchel’s praise for his performance, it appears that he will have to wait a long to move up the pecking order.
‘We did not play wing-backs but for me, he can play a full back in the position like today,’ he said.
‘He can play centre-back and in the left position of a back three. That’s where he is at the moment, he deserves to play.
‘He has played well when he was needed. I think he is very aware of his role, this is where he started and from there he takes what he can get. He needs to work hard, stay humble.
‘Nothing more. There is no need for further promotion, he is doing good, he is solid and he is consistent and that is what we need.’
Tuchel utilized a back four yesterday evening, a change from his usual 3-4-3 formation.
When they face Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday, the Germans may go for a back four once more.
‘If it makes sense and we think it makes sense we can see it again. We have played it now twice and in both games we were very committed to the structure and very disciplined,’ he said.
‘So well done to the team, full credit to them that they are open to some adjustments that give us more options and maybe makes us a bit more unpredictable.
‘Of course, today we used it again for the build-up but defended in a back five. It’s good to have these options but it needs to fit into what we expect and which spaces we expect to find. We will decide from match to match.’