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Sport Paul Merson scolds Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel for Mason Mount decision

15:25  10 april  2021
15:25  10 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Paul Merson says Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel 'shot himself in the foot' by leaving out 'phenomenal' Mason Mount during last weekend's shock loss to West Brom.

In-form Mount didn't start the game at Stamford Bridge and though he replaced Christian Pulisic at half-time, the England midfielder wasn't able to avert a damaging 5-2 defeat.

Mount, 22, then issued a reminder of his class by scoring his eighth goal of the season in Chelsea's midweek Champions League win over Porto.

a man holding a ball: Mason Mount didn't start for Chelsea in last weekend's defeat against West Brom but was on target in their midweek Champions League win over Porto (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail Mason Mount didn't start for Chelsea in last weekend's defeat against West Brom but was on target in their midweek Champions League win over Porto (pictured) Thomas Tuchel sitting on a blue surface: Thomas Tuchel suffered a shock first defeat as Chelsea manager as the Baggies won 5-2 © Provided by Daily Mail Thomas Tuchel suffered a shock first defeat as Chelsea manager as the Baggies won 5-2

Former Arsenal and Aston Villa forward Merson believes Tuchel made the wrong call by leaving Mount out against relegation-threatened opponents and claimed the German manager underestimated the strength of the Premier League.

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Thomas Tuchel hailed "key player" Mason Mount for taking career to the next level with a stunning strike in Chelsea 's 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Porto.

Paul Merson hailed Mason Mount as the ‘most improved player in the Premier League’ and compared him to two legends of English football. Merson says Mount has proven former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard right by establishing himself as one of Thomas Tuchel ’s most important players in his first few months in charge. Mount ’s attitude has impressed the former Arsenal and Aston Villa playmaker and he thinks a comparison can be drawn between the Chelsea midfielder and Blues legend Lampard. And he feels that the energy Mount – who scored his first Champions League goal in a 2-0 win over Porto in

'Look how much money Chelsea spent on Kai Havertz and Timo Werner and they are nowhere near as important as Mount,' Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.

'He's the go-to man now, and that's phenomenal at his age. He carries the team.

'The turn and shot for the goal against Porto. He knew what he was going to do before he got the ball. I think he's top drawer.


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'And I think Thomas Tuchel was surprised by how good he was. He didn't pick him for his first game. But he's the first name on the teamsheet now.

Paul Merson wearing a suit and tie: Paul Merson believes Tuchel made an error of judgement by not starting Mount last weekend © Provided by Daily Mail Paul Merson believes Tuchel made an error of judgement by not starting Mount last weekend Okay Yokuşlu with a football ball: Mount did come on at half-time but wasn't able to avert a damaging 5-2 defeat for Chelsea © Provided by Daily Mail Mount did come on at half-time but wasn't able to avert a damaging 5-2 defeat for Chelsea

'He got left out against West Brom and look what happened. It's not the first time I've seen a manager come here and under-estimate this league.

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Tuchel dropped Mason Mount to the Chelsea bench vs Wolves on Wednesday. Mount has been one of Chelsea 's most in-form players so far this season. Rio Ferdinand claims the England youngster will be furious at the decision . Mount was demoted to the bench along with Tammy Abraham and Reece James after Tuchel opted for experience by picking Jorginho, Olivier Giroud and Cesar Azpilicueta as he begun a new era as Chelsea boss with a stalemate at Stamford Bridge. Ferdinand told BT Sport: 'He's gone with experience and people he knows a bit better.

'Tuchel picked too many players out of form for that game expecting to win and they lost. Now they're in a battle.

'They might look back on that at the end of the season as the point where the top four slipped away. They shot themselves in the foot.'

Tuchel had been unbeaten in his first 14 matches as Chelsea manager prior to the defeat to West Brom last Saturday.

a football player on a field: Mount celebrates after scoring Chelsea's opening goal against Porto on Wednesday night © Provided by Daily Mail Mount celebrates after scoring Chelsea's opening goal against Porto on Wednesday night

Chelsea led thanks to Pulisic but the complexion of the game changed completely when Thiago Silva was shown a second yellow card moments later.

West Brom were 2-1 ahead by half-time and went on to win comfortably as Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League took a blow.

Tuchel's side do have the opportunity to move back above West Ham and into fourth when they take on Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.

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