Mason Mount only needed 8 minutes to prove his worth to Thomas Tuchel
When Thomas Tuchel named his first Chelsea squad for Wednesday’s meeting with Wolves, the most eye-catching decision was Mason Mount’s bench.
He was the golden child of former boss Frank Lampard. The prodigal son. No one at Chelsea has played under Lampard as much as Mount, who has grown into one of the club’s current best players under the tutelage of one of the club’s best players.
He was left out in favor of the midfield duo of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, with Tuchel clearly opting for the experience compared to the youth after working with his new team for less than 24 hours when he had to. name the team.
Mount only stepped in for the final eight minutes, but in that short span of time he showed Tuchel exactly why Lampard made him unstoppable.
The Englishman provided the Chelsea midfielder with much needed momentum during his eight minutes on the pitch, leading forward and asking questions of the Wolves defense for the first time that night.
Jorginho and Kovacic may have helped break the passing records – Chelsea’s 820 assists on the night were more than any other team has managed this season – but they haven’t really done much. It was dominant in terms of possession, but that’s about it.
Per FBRef, Jorginho and Kovacic created five combined shots in 90 minutes (three for Jorginho, two for Kovacic), while Mount’s impact led to two in just eight minutes. Do the math.
With Mount, Chelsea suddenly had a head start. Alongside his replacement colleague Christian Pulisic, Mount looked like he was going to win the game for the Blues, his famous pressing again proving vital for Chelsea.
It was also Mount’s corner that created the last second chance from which Kai Havertz believed he had managed a winner, also proving his value on set pieces.
Without him on the pitch, the task of connecting the midfielder and the attack was left to Hakim Ziyech, who had to step back to retrieve the ball from Jorginho and Kovacic, who didn’t seem ready to take a risk and try. to bring the ball to the field. Moroccan in a more advanced position.
It all left Chelsea a little flawed. Without this training, teams won’t have a problem sitting down deep against Tuchel’s team knowing it will likely earn them a point, and the boss will know it.
Tuchel will want players like Mount by his side. It values energy, pace of work, altruism and, above all, relentless pressing. It’s Mount to a tee.
You must avoid reading too much the sheet of the boss’s first team. After all, his first training session with the team was Tuesday at 6 p.m., and the team was announced at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The time is nowhere near enough to determine your best side, and Tuchel admitted it.
“Today the choices were totally unfair because how do I make choices after a session where everyone was really focused and really open to anything,” he said (via Metro).
“It’s the most unfair line-up we’ve ever done because there’s no reason to give to players who aren’t in the line-up. We have chosen a little more experience today and at a time which is not easy in the middle of the season. The place where we are is not where we should be, the tension is high, so we went to have a little experience.
Tuchel will now be in his element as he spends the next few days analyzing both Wolves’ play and upcoming training sessions. It’s his job to figure out who will be the main cogs in his system, and he’ll undoubtedly be more confident by relying on Mount already.
Their next test is Sunday against Burnley, another team who will be happy to sit deep and defend for 90 minutes. Tuchel will need energy. He’ll need Mount.
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