Thomas Tuchel explains decision to drop Mason Mount to the bench against Manchester City

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has clarified why Mason Mount didn’t start the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

According to Tuchel, he opted for Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic over Mason Mount to add fresh legs to the starting XI.

Tuchel also explained he opted for Ziyech and Pulisic over Mount because he wanted dribblers against Manchester City.

“Everybody is an option and it’s not easy to choose. We went with the characteristic of players, Kovacic and N’Golo for example, rather than Jorginho,” Tuchel explained.

“They’re more dribblers and drivers than passers and I think it suits that a bit more in midfield.

“[We picked] Christian and Hakim for their fresh legs and because they’re a bit more runners than for example Mason.

“We thought about it [a false nine] to maybe create a bit of an overload but I think it can suit Romelu as well.”

The jury is out as to whether that was the right call from the German as Chelsea had no shot on goal in the first half against Manchester City in a game we needed to win.

Tuchel also admitted he had to rush back Thiago Silva for the game against Manchester City.

Andreas Christensen, Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell and Reece James were all out with Covid and injury issues respectively.

Tuchel added: “We pushed him, he’s rushed back – this is the situation at the moment. It will be a lot for him, the same for N’Golo but it’s the situation. We are missing four defenders, four key players to give us more alternatives or have tactical twists.

“When I say this I don’t mean that no trust in the players or I find my team not good enough or strong. We are strong. We need a lot of confidence and we need to be very aware of the momentum when it’s the moment to hurt them otherwise we need to suffer, this will come in situations but we need to stick together, defend well and it’s all about the commitment in the end.”

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