Thomas Tuchel has called on his Chelsea players to use the pain of our FA Cup final defeat to Leicester as motivation ahead of the two sides meeting in the Premier League tomorrow evening.
The Blues welcome the Foxes to Stamford Bridge for a huge game in the race for a top-four finish, with the fixture coming off the back of Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley in which Leicester edged by a single goal.
Tuchel has reiterated how mentally strong his players are though and believes the focus on our remaining goals will not change.
‘This is a strong group’, explained the boss.
‘There is no reason to doubt these players, who have done so well to get into the top four from 10th place, to reach the FA Cup final and to be in the final of the Champions League.
‘We are strong enough to handle these situations and these are the challenges that we face. It’s not easy, but it is fun, and there are a lot of teams chasing us and our situation.’
One player who has been key to the resurgence under Tuchel has been Mason Mount, with the midfielder proving how important he is to the team time and time again.
The England international came close to drawing us level in the cup final, denied by a sublime Kasper Schmeichel save late on, and our head coach had plenty to say about Mason and explained that while he’d like to give the almost ever-present a rest, he expects Mount to feature heavily in our final few games.
‘We tried to give Mason a little break recently because he gave a lot in the Real Madrid games and he has been so decisive for us,’ said Thomas.
‘We didn’t have much time between those games and the [Manchester] City match, particularly when you factor in the travel, but we wanted him to rest to conserve his energy and his form.
‘I think he struggled a little bit in the game against Arsenal in terms of having his usual high standards and impact on the match. He has played the last few games in a double six role, which I don’t think is the best position for him, but I’m still so happy with Mason.
‘In the cup final, perhaps he could have played with a little more composure but don’t forget, if it wasn’t for an incredible save from [Kasper] Schmeichel, then he would have scored an equaliser. It wasn’t to be but Mason is always a dangerous player for us and we should be careful that we don’t over-expect from Mason.
‘He is a key player for us in every match, he’s always so decisive and that will not change for the next three matches. He is absolutely key for us.’