Despite becoming one of the most reliable Blues performers in what has been an up and down season, Mount was left out of the starting 11. But Tuchel was eager to clarify his reasoning and insisted that for either team, “there is nothing to worry about.
“I wanted to take the weight off their shoulders,” he said ahead of this weekend’s match with Burnley. I wanted to give a little more seasoned players the burden in this special moment to have them on hand. There is nothing to worry about, I like what I see so far from Mason. Such a cool and competitive person.
Mason cares for Chelsea, 100% for any game I’ve seen so far. This is the best base for major growth. I’m very glad to have him around, I’m not going to stop pushing him and guiding him.
I had a strong impression of Billy. He is a very strategic guy, with a very high level of understanding of the game, excellent at first touch, clever positioning.
We will see if he has the physical level. But he is super quick with his feet.”
For his second game in charge, Tuchel invites the Clarets to the Bridge on Sunday.
He will be bolstered by the news that, after missing the last five games through injury, midfielder N’Golo Kante is expected to be fit and available.