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Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount missed the defeat to Manchester City due to a minor knock he picked during the Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa in midweek.
Chelsea seemed to miss the 22-year-old as his industry and energy were missing in the middle of the park against Pep Guardiola’s rampant side.
Pundits Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand claimed that Chelsea missed Mount at the Bridge on Saturday.
“I felt the link was missing, Mason Mount, he was animated and trying to drive his players.
“Sometimes you have a match with three or four players who are off it and it looked like it. Chelsea will be there or thereabouts challenging because of that man [Tuchel].”
Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has said that Chelsea didn’t lose the game because Mount was absent and insists that no member of the team is irreplaceable.
“For us it’s a team effort, it’s not about the individuals, and we have enough good players to replace anyone. No-one is irreplaceable so that’s why I think that doesn’t play any factor.
“Analysing and saying it was about tactics, it’s just not true. I think it’s just that we did not perform at our high level that we usually do and we got punished for this. We just had a bad day at the office.”