‘Nothing to do with tactics’ — Tuchel explains why he benched Mount and started Hakim Ziyech

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel can hardly do any wrong, can he? Every decision the Italian tends to make usually turns out well, and the Chelsea team are cruising this season.

Tuchel decided to drop Mason Mount from the starting eleven in the Champions League clash against Juventus, and started Hakim Ziyech in his stead.

The Moroccan impressed while coming on as a substitute against Leicester City in the previous game as well as Christian Pulisic, and Tuchel believed the game against Juve would also suit the Moroccan better than Mount who was just coming back from a tooth surgery.

According to Tuchel, his decision had nothing to do with tactics.

The Blues boss told BT Sport before kick off: “Nothing tactical, more personality and characteristic.

“We have the feeling it might suit Hakim a little bit better today and to have the option to have Mason from the bench and to have some impact from him.

“He comes from a tooth surgery. He wants to play all the time, we want to have him on the pitch all the time. Sometimes it’s nice to have these players from the bench and as I said, Hakim and Christian were a good mix at Leicester and we have the feeling that maybe the style of the game suits Hakim a little bit better.”

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