Tuchel names the five players that pleased him from the last game

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Chelsea’s display against Southampton over the weekend was very drab, as the Blues found it difficult to beat the Saints defence, despite 71 percent possession of the ball.

Takumi Minamino had put Southampton in front, but a second-half penalty goal from Mason Mount restored parity between the two sides.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted that he was pleased with the performance of N’Golo Kante and also hailed the back five of Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger, as well as the two wing-backs Reece James and Marcos Alonso.

Tuchel said: “In general I’m very, very happy with Edou [Edouard Mendy] and the back five, the three in defence and the two midfielders, Reece [James] and Marcos [Alonso] on the wings, but we lacked the offensive in the last 20 metres.”

Tuchel also hailed Mason Mount, but insists that the 22-year-old midfielder can do more.

“I’m happy that he scored, it was not an easy game,” said the Chelsea manager.

“He was also involved in the offensive actions with this unlucky decision making. He can be more decisive for us, I know that he wants to be more decisive and there were a lot of opportunities he also missed.

“So, to win the penalty and take it in a situation where it was absolutely necessary, I’m very, very happy he took responsibility and that he scored, it was a good sign.”

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