Thomas Tuchel has praised Mason Mount this week, but also called on the Chelsea midfielder to become more ‘decisive and dangerous’ in the final third of the pitch.
Mount impressed as Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start under the new manager with a 1-0 win at Tottenham on Thursday, with the England international utilised in an advanced midfield role in support of Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Tuchel was pleased with the 22-year-old’s performance as Mount worked tirelessly from the front, though outlined where he believes the star can improve and has called on the youngster to become more decisive in attacking areas.
“I told him he could be more decisive and dangerous in the last 20 metres,” Tuchel told chelseafc.com.
“You can be very sure that Mase leaves his heart on the pitch for Chelsea and this is what we need so I was just happy that we won. He’s an absolute team player, he’s still young and there’s still room to improve so I told him not to worry. I was happy with his performance.”
Mount’s positional change raised eyebrows with the academy graduate having been largely utilised as orthodox midfielder this season, with Tuchel naming the midfielder as a false nine in support of Chelsea’s wide forwards.
It was a change that brought success as Mount dropped between lines to pick up possession and Tuchel was pleased with the midfielder’s contribution to a hard-fought three points.
“We played with Mason coming from a number nine and dropping into a number 10 position because we wanted to have two wide strikers and find Mason in the spaces between the lines,” Tuchel continued.
“He did good but in the end if you have to suffer and defend then I told the team that it’s a good feeling. When things get complicated or things are not too easy with the second and third goals then we have to experience moments where we finish a game like this.
“You have to experience it because it’s not enough for the coach just to tell you and this is what we did.”