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The image of Mason Mount being Frank Lampard’s son has long been banished, as the 22-year-old had stepped up to the plate with even more convincing displays under Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel was blasted by Mason Mount’s father for resting him in the game against Manchester City, claiming that it could ruin his rhythm.
The Blues boss has gone on to admit that Mount is one of his key players and that the rest was necessary due to the large amount of games he has played in such a short period.
“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,” said the Chelsea manager.
“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 [Kasper] 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.”