Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has previously explained to Gareth Southgate how Mason Mount’s exclusion can affect a team.
It was announced yesterday that Mount and Ben Chilwell may have to miss England’s next European Championship game.
The pair came into contact with Chelsea teammate Billy Gilmour after their draw with Scotland last Friday, who now has to self-isolate after testing positive for covid.
Thankfully, Mount and Chilwell have received negative tests but might have to sit out the game against the Czech Republic tonight.
Mount a big miss
For Southgate, it means potentially losing one of his key players in Mount.
He had started both of England’s group games before tonight and featured in all but two international fixtures since last September.
His work rate, plus the ability to connect defensive and attack, have been crucial to the Three Lions in recent times.
Southgate will now have to cope without the Chelsea maestro for at least one set of 90 minutes, something he is not used to enduring.
Tuchel tells Southgate
England’s boss could ask Tuchel for some advice of what its like not to have Mount in the initial XI.
Only five times did he miss a game for the Blues last season, one of those through suspension for a Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid.
In a pre-match press conference, Tuchel admitted how much his side would miss the young midfielder.
“Especially with Mason for his offensive skills and his power to break the lines with strong dribbling and his shots,” said the German coach.
“Atletico are one of the best teams in Europe for not giving shooting chances away, so of course it’s a blow to miss an offensive player for a game such as this one.”
Fortunately for Chelsea, they won the game 2-0, but it just goes to show what England will be without later today.
Luckily for Southgate, he can replace Mount with the likes of Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, or Marcus Rashford, all able to damage opponents in the final third.