Mason Mount has revealed a simple chat with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has helped drive him on to improve his game this season.
However, the England man was dropped to the bench for Tuchel’s first match in charge. That was a goalless draw at home to Wolves, with Mount making a late substitute appearance.
He was soon back in favour, and has started four of the next five league encounters for the west Londoners. But the competitive youngster confessed that it was not easy to be immediately jettisoned when the new man arrived.
“It’s very difficult. You know what I’m like, I want to play every single game,” Mount told the Daily Mail. “But, with the new manager coming in, I understood that he went for experience.”
Tuchel has enjoyed considerable success since arriving at Stamford Bridge. Four wins and two draws has seen Chelsea back in contention for a top-four spot.
Mount has played his part and confessed that just a few timely words from the coach helped settle his mind.
“Obviously now I have played or started mostly every game,” he added. “He just said ‘keep working hard, I’ve seen you only for one session and I’m very happy so don’t let your head drop’.
“And that’s something I wouldn’t do anyway. I’m always someone who wants to strive to prove someone wrong or show something that maybe they haven’t seen.”
Clarity key to Tuchel’s success
Tuchel enjoyed success with Paris Saint Germain and much is expected of him with Chelsea. He has not been afraid to make tough decisions.
And Mount has lifted the lid on what it is about the new manager that makes the squad respond.
“He’s very passionate,” added the Portsmouth-born forward. “When he came in, we had a meeting, we had training and we had one day before a game and everyone knew their role with the team.
‘It was very clear what he wanted. The players understand what a new manager wants and what his goal of playing is, what he wants off the ball, what he wants on the ball, what kind of movement.
“He made it very easy to understand. We’ve been learning more and more.”
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