Chelsea press conference live: Thomas Tuchel on Romelu Lukaku, Saul debut and Aston Villa win

Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Thomas Tuchel’s post-match press conference following Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Not at their best for much of. the contest, the Blues’ ruthlessness in the final third proved. the difference between the two sides.

Romelu Lukaku struck in the first half to put Chelsea ahead after excellent work in midfield by Mateo Kovacic. In the second period, the Croatian midfielder got on the scoresheet following a mistake by Tyrone Mings.

Aston Villa had chances throughout and Edouard Mendy had to be at his best to repel several efforts from the visitors. Thiago Silva, on his first Premier League start of the season, was also hugely impressive.

It was in second-half stoppage time the contest was firmly put to bed as Lukaku fired in a second goal from the edge of the penalty area.

Tuchel will be pleased with certain aspects of his side’s display but he will know there is plenty to work on. Saul Niguez’s debut is also a talking point as the Spaniard struggled on his first start and was replaced at the break.

We will have the Chelsea head coach’s post-match thoughts below and a full transcript on the website shortly after.

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