Tuchel hails two Chelsea stars following Aston Villa win
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Tuchel hails two Chelsea stars following Aston Villa win

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has highlighted the roles played by Jorginho and Thiago Silva in the Blues' 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. 

The European champions comfortably saw off the Villans at Stamford Bridge, with Jorginho, in particular playing a key role following his second-half introduction. 

His influence caught the eye of the German coach, and he was full of praise for the Italian during Monday's pre-match conference. 

"It’s been mentioned many times around the well-deserved Player of the Year award and I have mentioned many times how he is capable of playing," said Tuchel.

"He is a very strategic player, he has a high volume, and with playing a lot he is full of confidence and he can implement a rhythm for our game and this is what he did.

"He has a strong connection with Thiago to be strong in the build-up and to find the gaps behind the high pressing of Aston Villa and this is what we did.

"If we played with more composure, with more possession in the last third, earlier we would have been able to score maybe more. But this is what Jorginho does for us and that’s why he is important to us. He is a top player and he’s used to the league and he’s full of confidence. It’s a good mix,"

Tuchel also praised Silva;

"I was hoping the whole week that common sense strikes and gets this right, because if all the Brazilian players do not play for their national team and do not play for their clubs, who does that help? There was no reason for punishing people, but sometimes it can happen, but still we were full of hope.

"And it was absolutely necessary that it was possible he plays. He played for us one half in Liverpool and he trained hard, but he needs his games now and it was very important also that we could rest Andreas Christensen, who played three games with Denmark. Thiago was fantastic, he blocked many shots and it was a good performance from him,"