Tuchel reveals message to Mason Mount after benching midfielder against West Brom

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel left Mason Mount out of the starting XI for the game against West Brom on Saturday.

According to Tuchel, he left out Mount from the starting XI against West Brom because the midfielder played 90 minutes for England on Wednesday and didn’t have a full training session with the Blues ahead of the game against West Brom.

Tuchel told BT Sport: “In the end we did not think about the Champions League game honestly, we just thought about the game today.

“In the end we took the decision for all guys who had at least yesterday and the day before training with us, so we went a little bit for the usual rhythm of workload and recovery and sleep at home.

“We had six guys, like Mason Mount, like Ben Chilwell, like Kai Havertz, who played on Wednesday and did not do the full training yesterday.

“So in the end I went for the usual rhythm of maybe a little bit more freshness and workload and recovery. And we put all guys who finished the session yesterday completely, that gives us also good impact from the bench and we have trust that we have a strong team on the pitch.”

Asked specifically about Mount, and how important it is he is fresh to take on Porto, Tuchel continued: “It’s very important that he’s with us.

“I told him, ‘it’s a very bad feeling for me to leave you out, already I want you always on the pitch.’

“But like I said, yesterday we went for that tiny decision to leave the guys out who played full on Wednesday and did not play in full yesterday.

“I like that he is on all the time, he can play today. All six guys can play today. And still it was my decision to push the guys who are maybe a little bit fresher. Not so many games in their legs, not so many minutes, like Toni Rudiger as well for example.

“So nothing personal at all. We have a strong squad and today this is the selection, and Wednesday is another thing.”

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