Sport Mason Mount excited by Chelsea front three with Havertz and Pulisic
Chelsea's unbeaten run in tatters after shock hammering at the hands of West Brom
The Blues were hoping to strengthen their hold on fourth place but suffered a stunning 5-2 loss at home to Sam Allardyce's relegation-battlersChelsea were given a brutal reminder of just how far they still have to go under Thomas Tuchel in Saturday's stunning 5-2 defeat by West Brom at Stamford Bridge.
Mason Mount is excited by the prospect of combining with Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic in Chelsea's front three again after the trio wreaked havoc against Crystal Palace.
The England star was man of the match at Selhurst Park while both Pulisic and Havertz were on the scoresheet as Thomas Tuchel potentially found his most potent combination in attack.
It was the first time since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager that Chelsea had scored more than two goals in a match.
Havertz, who finally showed his class in blue colours as a false No 9, opened the scoring before Pulisic, stationed alongside Mount as a playmaker, netted twice.
Pulisic suffers injury which forced Tuchel to change second-half plans
With Chelsea 2-1 down at half-time, Thomas Tuchel had planned to bring off Timo Werner, only for Christian Pulisic to immediately pull up with an injury and change his plans.The German manager suffered his first Premier League defeat with the Blues who were left stunned after a 5-2 loss to West Brom.
Mount, speaking ahead of Chelsea's return leg against Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night, was certainly impressed.
'I don't think it has come together like that since our first game together,' he told.
'It was always coming; it was always brewing. We started off very sharp. At the top of the pitch our combinations were good, we were creating chances and we took them.
'That's something we probably haven't been doing as much recently.
'We know we have a lot of quality in the team. When we're on it and we're creating chances we can score a lot of goals. It hadn't happened like that but it has now and that's great for us.
Chelsea boss Tuchel explains Havertz and Werner subs: They didn't have their best day
Thomas Tuchel discussed the performances of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in Chelsea's win over Porto midweek.Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored as Chelsea drew first blood against Portuguese outfit Porto in the quarter-final tie with a 2-0 victory in Seville midweek.
'We came into the game with a lot of confidence after Porto, knowing what we can do.
'As a team we felt very strong. We know what is on the line. We're still in three competitions so every game is so important.'
Having seen off Palace, Chelsea are strong favourites to make it through to the Champions League semi-finals as they take a two-goal lead into the second leg with Porto.
Mount scored an excellent goal in the first leg win before Ben Chilwell added a late second in Seville to put Tuchel's side in a strong position.
Havertz, a £62million signing last summer, has been criticised for his form at times but certainly showed his class against Palace, scoring his first goal since January.
'We all know what he has got in his locker,' Mount added.
'Him in the box is very dangerous. He opened up on his left and tucked it into the far corner, and that's what we see in training. It was a brilliant finish and I'm very happy for him.'
Chelsea are viewed as no match for Real Madrid by Spanish press .
PETE JENSON IN SPAIN: Real fans were torn between believing they have one foot in the final, and being wary of underestimating Chelsea, but Spain's press make Madrid the firm favourites.‘When Madrid can start to smell the final, their rivals should be praying to all the saints’ the triumphal column continued.