Thomas Tuchel has cautioned against Chelsea requesting a lot from Mason Mount, however demands the midfielder will be “absolutely key” during a significant three-match stretch for the club.
A top pick of former manager Frank Lampard, Mount has gone from one solidarity to another under Tuchel at Stamford Bridge, solidifying his status as a significant performer for the Blues and turning into an inexorably persuasive figure at internatioinal level with England.
And keeping in mind that Tuchel recognizes that Mount has not been at his best of late, he demands he has not been playing in his best position and still has an essential part as Chelsea hope to keep hold of fourth spot in the Premier League with two last matches against Leicester on Tuesday and Aston Villa on Sunday.
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“We tried to give Mason a little break recently because he gave a lot in the Real Madrid games and he has been so decisive for us,” Tuchel explained to Chelsea’s official website.
“We didn’t have much time between those games and the [Manchester] City match, particularly when you factor in the travel, but we wanted him to rest to conserve his energy and his form.
“I think he struggled a little bit in the game against Arsenal in terms of having his usual high standards and impact on the match. He has played the last few games in a double six role, which I don’t think is the best position for him, but I’m still so happy with Mason.
“In the cup final, perhaps he could have played with a little more composure but don’t forget, if it wasn’t for an incredible save from Schmeichel, then he would have scored an equaliser. It wasn’t to be but Mason is always a dangerous player for us and we should be careful that we don’t over-expect from Mason.
“He is a key player for us in every match, he’s always so decisive and that will not change for the next three matches. He is absolutely key for us.”
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