Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Chelsea missed Mason Mount in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The England international missed the game against Manchester City due to injury.
“Manchester City have beaten a contender for the title,” Ferdinand told BT Sport shortly after the final whistle.
“This was a statement performance. It was a 1-0 beating today. Chelsea weren’t part of the game. City dominated in all areas.
“It was really convincing and just what City needed. Chelsea weren’t up to speed today, the intensity wasn’t there. They were beaten by a better side on the day.
“Chelsea missed Mason Mount today, the way he connects the team and his energy.
“I think Tuchel will want him back as soon as possible.”