'Very happy with their performances': Tuchel names the two Chelsea players who really impressed him last night

Thomas Tuchel highlighted the excellent combination between Mason Mount and Reece James down Chelsea’s right channel against Manchester United yesterday.

As quoted by the 5th Stand, Tuchel praised the English pair for linking up so well and causing United’s left side countless issues.

Reece and Mason rocked Manchester United

Mount and James probing that particular area of Old Trafford was a constant theme throughout the evening.

They were afforded so much time and space in the first half, making the fact Chelsea failed to score in that period even more frustrating.

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Kai Havertz had the best chances, both denied by David De Gea, but it fell to another Spaniard to break the deadlock.

Marcos Alonso hit the sweetest of volleys past his compatriot on the hour to finally send the Blues in front.

Unsurprisingly, the cross to Alonso came from the boot of James, who had acres of green grass ahead of him to look up and pick a target.

“We wanted to get at United down their left and I thought Reecey did a very good game,” said Tuchel on his wing-back’s contribution.

“Mason linked up well with him, I thought he could maybe have been a little more decisive in the final third but I was very happy with their performances.”

Ronny to the rescue

United somehow failed to learn their lesson, as the two England internationals continued to find joy in their area of the field.

James was a lick of paint away from winning the game for Chelsea, but his curling effort struck the outside of the post rather than nestling within it.

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Had De Gea been beaten for a second time, all three points would’ve surely headed back to Stamford Bridge.

Instead, the spoils were shared thanks to a moment of brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Just two minutes after conceding, United carved upon a chance for their leading scorer, who gobbled up the opening excellently.

Nemanja Matic’s scooped pass fell to the feet of CR7, who slammed his strike up and over Edouard Mendy.

Ralf Rangnick’s men held on for the remainder of the match and will surely be the happier out of the two camps.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.