In a few days’ time, Mason Mount will have been working under Thomas Tuchel’s command for one whole year. Ahead of that anniversary, the England international looks back on those 12 months.
Famously, Mount began the first match of the Tuchel era on the bench having been a regular under previous boss Frank Lampard, who gave him his Chelsea debut having worked with him at Derby County before that.It did not take long at all for Mount to win the new head coach’s trust and become a firm fixture in the side, playing his part with the assist for the Champions League-winning goal and maintaining his influence into the current campaign which has already secure another cup final, after beating today’s opponents Spurs in the semi.But returning to the beginning, Mount recalls the first day with Tuchel in charge.‘I remember we had a meeting in the morning. The week was a kind of whirlwind, it was crazy. It's something I've never experienced before so you're just trying to work out what's the next step? What's happening next? How's the next day going to look?
‘We had a meeting where he [Tuchel] put down everything that he wants us to do, how he wants us to play, how he likes to manage. He told us everything and then we went out and trained and we had a game the next day. So it was a crazy kind of turnaround but he was so clear on what he wanted and how he would like us to play, very clear on the roles and responsibilities, that it made it very easy for us to transition.‘From day one, as players we realised how he gives his game plan. It made it easy for us to go onto the pitch and do it. As a team we are players who react off that and adapt very quickly. It made it easy and we want to play in these big games and win trophies. That has always been our goal and since he has come in, he has pushed us and we have definitely had the opportunity to win big games and play in finals.’
The 23-year-old also considers how his game has changed during the Tuchel 12 months.‘This season over the last few I've probably played a little bit higher than I was used to - playing as a kind of forward 10, or sometimes a winger or a false 9. So I've had to adapt a bit but that gives me more opportunity to get into the box and have the opportunities to score and create.
‘So far this season that's been a big focus of mine, to improve that and to put pressure on myself to be someone who wants to go forward and step up and score goals and create assists. That's definitely something that's improved over the time he's been here.’
Mount highlights the analysis the players are given going into games as another strength of the set-up, with Tuchel especially adept at telling them what the opportunities might be during a game, and what spaces might open up for them.‘It makes it very clear what you as an individual needs to do,’ he adds. ‘That's definitely something that's impressed me a lot, with the backroom staff as well. They’ve all been brilliant since they came in and it's really been working well.’