One of the standout performers for Chelsea on Sunday was Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Having signed from Monaco in the summer, this was Bakayoko’s first game for Chelsea and he did not disappoint.
The French midfielder, alongside N’Golo Kante and David Luiz produced fine performances in the middle of the park.
For much of the game, it was very much Kante, Luiz and Bakayoko versus Moussa Dembele, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama.
Bakayoko played the full 90 minutes, a fact even he was surprised about post match.
The former Monaco midfielder spoke at length to SFR Sport post match.
Bakayoko said: “Well… It was something special. It was my first match coming back from my injury. Since I signed, I was looking forward to wear that shirt. That’s done now, I’m really happy and we won too so it was a very good day. I’m happy for the team, we get our first 3 points so it’s great for the future.”
Chelsea’s defensive midfielder continued: “I didn’t expect to play 90 minutes on the pitch.”
The reporter says: “you held on?”
Bakayoko continued: “Yeah, I held on. Of course, it wasn’t easy, I needed to get the rhythm. The Premier League is so different from Ligue 1. I got to see it from the first minutes. So I needed to be ready. In general, I’m, well, I’m a little bit mixed about my game. I had some good moments, but some bad moments too. Like I said, I need to get the rhythm. It was first match since the injury so, it will come, but I’m happy overall.”
Finally, Bakayoko was asked about his partnership with N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park: “It was good overall, We played with three central midfielder with David [Luiz]. It’s also different from what I’m used to play at Monaco where I was playing in a flat two as a central midfielder. It was a discovery for me. Now I just need to find my partner more easily. But it will come in the future, I’m happy for this first match anyway.”