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Thomas Tuchel names his first starting XI at Chelsea


New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel left Mason Mount out of his first starting XI as Blues boss for his side’s Premier League clash with Wolves on Wednesday night.

The former PSG manager takes the Stamford Bridge hot seat for the Wolves visit for the first time on Wednesday, after being announced Tuesday as Frank Lampard’s replacement.

Lampard was sacked on Monday after a year and a half at the Chelsea post following a string of tricky results on either side of the new year.

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Thomas Tuchel takes charge of his first game against Chelsea on Wednesday night | John Berry / Getty Images

Mount was still there for Chelsea under Tuchel’s predecessor Lampard, but the new Blues boss left him on the bench for his first Chelsea starting XI in one of nine changes from the side that beat Luton in the FA Cup in Lampard’s last game in charge – as revealed by the club on Twitter.

The midfielder has made 18 of Chelsea’s 19 Premier League appearances this season, scoring twice and providing two assists.

Reece James, another firm favorite under Lampard during the 2020/21 season, also falls on the bench, with Cesar Azpilicueta captaining on the side.

It’s a mixed success for Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, both of whom have struggled to catch their stride in English football. Werner is named among the subs, while Havertz begins. Olivier Giroud leads the line for the Blues, having been used sporadically under Lampard.

The starting XI could easily line up with a back four or a back three – as had been rumored earlier today.

According to Athletic’s Simon johnson, Chelsea will line up with a back three from Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger, with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell operating as fullbacks.