Billy Gilmour expressed his excitement after being back on the pitch in the 2-0 win over Fulham despite rusty first minutes and his pleasure to play alongside Mason Mount.

It was the 19-year-old first Premier League appearance under Thomas Tuchel.

He certainly had to wait for the opportunity, having last featured in the 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Sheffield United in March.

Unsurprisingly, Gilmour struggled a bit at the start of the game to cope with Fulham’s intense pressing game.

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“They [Fulham] pressed you tight and did not give you a lot of time, so you had to be sharp,” the former Rangers academy star told Chelsea TV after the game.

“I found out in the first couple of minutes. I had to be on my toes and be ready.

“It’s been a long time since I played. [But] it was good to be out there, enjoyed it.”

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Tuchel experimented with different system

Tuchel opted for a slightly different formation in this game, a 3-5-2 with a midfield three with Gilmour at the base and Mount and Hakim Ziyech in front of him.

In his pre-match interview, Tuchel said the decision was to put Gilmour “in a position where he feels really comfortable” (via 5th Stand app).

While Mount did not play as a No.6, as usual, he still did very well defensively, making joint-most tackles in the game (five, alongside Reece James).

It is pretty obvious why Gilmour enjoys playing alongside the England international.

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“It’s always good to play with Mason,” Gilmour added.

“It’s very easy [playing with him]. We link up well.

“I thought the boys in the team played really well today — a top performance.

“We worked really hard [despite] not having a lot of rest.”

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