Thomas Tuchel highlights the role of Mason Mount in his Chelsea team.

Chidalu Obiajulu

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, who took over Chelsea in January from club legend Frank Lampard, has so far, done an excellent job, winning two trophies for the club and reaching 3 finals.

The German coach says the statistics highlight the ‘aura’ that Mason Mount brings to the Chelsea team, saying the midfielder comes close to undroppable when fully fit.

“Having the English forward, Mount in Chelsea lineup our win percentage increases, Chelsea’s win percentage is 89 per cent this season. Without him, that reduces to 46 per cent,” Tuchel said on Friday that he and his analysts study these stats after taking the lead from basketball.

The young Mount is expected to start against West Ham, with Reece James, Timo Werner and jorginho after missing the midweek game.

“We know about this because it’s a kind of statistic that is sometimes interesting,” Tuchel said.

“I first heard about these statistics in basketball in America and the influence from one player in five against five is much higher than 11 against 11 in football.

“Though not a statistic which guarantees you to start because this would be too easy. But it is something we are aware of and we will not deny that having Mason brings a certain attitude and an aura and a mentality on the field.”

England’s coach, Gareth Southgate’s steady and persistent use of Mason Mount has raised a lot of criticism from fans.

Yet,Chelsea coach Tuchel says it’s easy to see why the midfielder is a consistent starter for his country.

“It has reached the level of him not missing matches, that could be in some other players, you’ll always get full energy and positivity and a wonderful approach,” Tuchel said.

However, when thrown a question about the New Manchester United coach Ralf Rangnick, Tuchel laughed it off saying on Friday that he was offered the Chelsea job in February – given he was appointed head coach in January.

“Maybe it might be that the bosses saw the draw against Wolverhampton! and think we’re not yet ready” Tuchel joked, meaning his opening 0-0 draw against Wolves.

“He does not know what he’s doing so let’s bring Ralf in”. He must have the dates wrong – hopefully, let’s say hopefully!

“Yes it’s nice to be a coach of great team and club like Chelsea. If you get the phone call, you should be aware you’re not the only one. Now I’m here and I’m happy,” Tuchel added in conclusion.

Chelsea will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the premier league table, when they visit in form West Ham on London stadium this Saturday.