“Today he was and the idea was for him to be the difference and give us a different profile to what he had. He has a kind of personality and self-confidence, he wants to score, help the team with his goals. And he has the confidence and composure to do it.
“It was super important today because he scored two very difficult goals, no easy tap-in, and it made the difference for us. It helped us get a very important three points against a difficult opponent. He adds something we didn’t have in this capacity so far. So I’m very happy.”
Saul struggled on his debut, was it a hard decision to take him off at half time?
“It was a hard decision. He was struggling and I take responsibility for that. I put him into a difficult match after the international break and it was hard for him to adapt to the physicality and, in general, I had the feeling he struggled with the intensity and pressing with Aston Villa.
“It was also hard for him to adapt to our system and principles. So we thought, to give a bit more stability, we would change the shape to 5-3-2 in the second half with Jorginho. It was a tough one but he can accept that it is my responsibility and it’s maybe also normal.
“In training, it looked like he had no problem to adapt but that’s training. The game was very intense today because that is what Aston Villa made of it.