Chelsea were 3-0 winners over Tottenham Hotspurs capping off an impressive performance on derby day. However, the Blues were not 100% perfect and you could spot some shortcomings in their performance especially in the first half.
One player who didn’t quite impress and did struggle to reach the standards he’s set for himself was Mason Mount. The English midfielder failed to really effect the game and he was substituted at halftime for N’golo Kanté.
This is not the first time this season Mason Mount hasn’t really had a telling impact in the game like he used to last season and after a rollercoaster Euros in the summer, Mount has just one assist in 5 games for Chelsea in all competitions this season.
The eye test though shows that the midfielder should have had more assists as he has struggled with his decision making at the final third of the pitch.
After Chelsea’s game against Zenit in the UCL last week, coach Thomas Tuchel admitted to being not completely impressed with Mason Mount’s performance in a very tight game that saw Chelsea scrape out a 1-0 victory.
“I was not absolutely happy with everything he [Mount] did. This is also part of the coaching, we are not only patting ourselves on the back. This is part of how we are together.” Tuchel said after the game.
“If we are not happy, we tell the players what we are not happy with and then they know it. It’s straightforward and he had a good second half playing in slightly different spaces.”
The half that preceded the good half against Zenit came against Tottenham and it wasn’t that good as Tuchel substituted the 22 year old at halftime. A decision the gaffer referred to as a “hard decision.”
“It seemed to be a bit more defensive with Mason to N’Golo. I wanted to give a sign from the talk, I wasn’t happy with the energy. I was not ready to talk about the spaces here, the space there. We had to open the spaces”
“It was about ball wins, second balls, duels, sending signals, growing confidence by energy, ball wins, higher workrate, closing players down and not being too reactive.”
Tuchel’s comments to a large extent discredits Mason Mount in an area of the game where he’s built his reputation for large parts of his Chelsea career and he’d definitely need to improve because with the array of talents in the Chelsea squad he’s at the verge of losing his spot as one of the first names in Chelsea’s team sheet.