Mason Mount has revealed how Thomas Tuchel sparked a ‘fire’ inside him after being dropped for the German’s first game in charge of Chelsea.
Mount established himself as a key figure in the side after being handed his opportunity under former manager Frank Lampard last season, making 53 appearances in all competitions during the 2019/20 season.
The midfielder continues to play a prominent role for Chelsea this season, though his position in the side came under question after he was dropped for new head coach Tuchel for first game in charge against Wolves.
Mount has since forced his way back into the side and has started every game since that clash, scoring vital goals against Sheffield United, Southampton and Liverpool to maintain Chelsea’s unbeaten start under the new regime.
The 22-year-old has now revealed how Tuchel’s decision increased his motivation to impress the new manager and admits the west Londoner’s strong start under the German has increased excitement around Stamford Bridge.
“I’ve had that experience before,” Mount said, as per the Mail. “I was on loan at Vitesse Arnhem when I was 18, 19. That first couple of months I didn’t play hardly at all.
“I had that motivation and that fire to want to get into the team. The first game with the manager coming in, he went for a more experienced team.
“I understood that and wanted to get back into the team, so that motivation and that fire that I have inside me came out.
“I really tried to push to get back into the team. It’s been brilliant. We are working very hard. We’ve had tough games in this last period but we have come through it. It’s exciting stuff, we continue to work hard. It’s been a great start.”