“Obviously he has a lot of potential” – There is no limit to Mount’s talent but he still has to improve, says Tuchel
The Chelsea midfielder continued his positive performance despite the sacking of his two-and-a-half-season manager Frank Lampard.
New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is happy to be working with Mason Mount and believes there is no limit to his potential after his starring role in the 1-0 win at Tottenham.
The 22-year-old had two roles, starting as a No.10 before trading his position with Timo Werner, who played as one of two center forwards.
Although Jorginho’s penalty proved the difference, Mount was widely praised for his thrilling display at London Stadium on Thursday night.
Having been the most-selected player under Frank Lampard, many believed his progress could stall under Tuchel, but the German was impressed with his attacking midfielder.
“I don’t want to put a limit on its development,” Tuchel told reporters after the match. “Obviously he has a lot of potential, he’s a great footballer and a super nice guy, eager to learn, eager to win, open-minded and for that I think for him he can play for any manager.
“He really means it; he has that internal motivation and a nice guy with a great personality. What more can you wish for? He’s great. ”
Mount admitted that he, among others, could have been more decisive in their display against their London rivals.
Chelsea dominated for 75 minutes but have had the last 15 nervous years, failing to find the second goal against Jose Mourinho’s side.
Tuchel spoke about Mount’s new role and how he must continue to strive to improve with competition from Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.
“Today we played Mason as No. 9, dropping to ten with two wide forwards, so to find Mason space between the lines and he did well,” he added.
“We looked at the team and under Frank he was a regular starter and there was no doubt that he was a team player and that he had the potential that he has. We didn’t choose him for the first game because we went for a slightly different profile. on the two positions n ° 10 for the first match.
“When he came in he showed the great influence he can have off the bench as well and from there there is no guarantee for anyone, not more for Mason at this time. It’s easy with him. He leaves his heart on the ground, but everyone does the same.
“It’s a team effort and Mason is the first to agree to it and behave like this. This is what we need. Is there room to improve? Yes. Is there a lot of room? Yes, there is a lot of room for him to improve too and there are no freebies.
“He has to earn his place in every practice and every game and the boy is a super nice guy and totally clear and he knows that he’s a competitor and that’s why we’ll keep pushing him and the others.”
It was a positive start for Tuchel in west London with two wins and one draw since taking over from Lampard.
They will then need to travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United, with the club now aiming for a top-four spot, having hoped to compete for the title early in the season after a £ 220million (275million) transfer madness. dollars).
Although he has already moved the team from tenth to sixth place, Tuchel is careful not to get carried away by what may be possible this season.
“I don’t care because I can’t influence the other results and I can’t influence what other teams do,” he added. “I know there are too many teams between us and the Champions League places.
“It might be boring, and I can understand, but I just don’t know any other approach than to do it step by step and the most important thing is that we don’t lose direction tomorrow and that we care. guys who weren’t on the pitch today.
“We have to take care of them tomorrow and take care of our quality and our atmosphere in the dressing room that we can compete again on Sunday.”