New Chelsea signing Tiemoue Bakayoko expressed his surprise at playing the full 90 minutes at Wembley on Sunday as the French international made his debut for the Blues, reports the Metro.
After missing out on the entirety of Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia with a knee injury, Bakayoko was given the nod to start against Tottenham with Antonio Conte short for options in midfield, following the suspension of Cesc Fabregas.
Not only did the French midfielder shock fans by lasting the full 90 minutes, but he put in a good first display for his new side as the Blues ran out 2-1 winners against their London rivals, going toe to toe with the likes of Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama.
After the game, Bakayoko, who signed from Monaco in July, admitted that he was surprised he was not substituted before the end of the match, as the Metro report:
“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 three points so it’s great for the future.
“I didn’t expect to play 90 minutes on the pitch,” the midfielder is quoted as saying after the game by the Metro.
As well as speaking about his surprise at having completed the full 90 minutes for the Blues, the Metro quote the 23-year-old midfielder, who spoke about the pace of the Premier League and how it differs to Ligue 1:
“I held on,’ Bakayoko said. ‘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 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.“