Thomas Tuchel discusses the importance of Mason Mount, attacking struggles and defensive improvement plus a vital game against Arsenal and the Champions League final; watch Chelsea vs Arsenal live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7.30pm on Wednesday; kick-off 8.15pm
Wednesday 12 May 2021 12:08, UK
Every manager wants to put a strong marker down at a new club. This was true when, in Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge at Chelsea at the end of January, Mason Mount started on the bench. Was this the first sign of Tuchel’s changing of the guard?In Frank Lampard’s two-and-a-half seasons as a coach at both Derby and Chelsea, Mount had become his ever-present, his protegee, his go-to guy. Gareth Southgate had followed suit for England too, but Tuchel opted for a touch more experience across the board for his maiden outing, although it was Mount who grabbed the headlines.The result was a defensively astute 0-0 draw against Wolves, but with creativity lacking and more time to work with Mount on the training field, Tuchel soon began to tread the well-worn path as the 22-year-old slotted seamlessly into the head coach’s regular starting XI. Mount was again the main man.”It’s what he would do if he was not a professional player, he would be in the park and would do the same stuff and I have a feeling he is very aware of how he arrived at this point in his career. It makes him very self-confident, it makes him appear very humble and very hungry to learn and these are the big circumstances to have a big career.