Mason Mount spoke about Chelsea’s tactical plan in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Liverpool — and it demonstrates Thomas Tuchel’s incredible football mind.
Many initially expected Tuchel to go with a safer line-up ahead of such an important away game at Anfield.
Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi at left and right wing-back positions, respectively and Olivier Giroud up top with Timo Werner and Mason Mount behind him — this has been Tuchel’s go to team selection in the last few games.
The German clearly went for something unexpected.
He reintegrated Frank Lampard’s favourite fullback pairing Ben Chilwell and Reece James as wing-backs, while Werner was deployed as a No.9.
Why Werner and not Giroud or Tammy Abraham? “Speed,” Tuchel clarified in his pre-match interview.
Speaking after the game, Chelsea’s hero on the night Mason Mount spoke about Tuchel’s tactical instructions.
“We know they have quite a high line and they like to press high, especially at home, “Mount said in his post-match interview (via Chelsea’s official website).
“So any time we won the ball back from turnovers, or we played out from the back, we looked to go in behind them.”
It worked. Mount’s match-winning goal, Werner’s disallowed goal, and several other big chances from Chelsea, all came through quick transitions and long balls over the top.
Chilwell and James’ defensive presence also helped nullify Liverpool’s threats in wide areas: Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, while the three centre-backs dealt with the front three.
Tuchel, the tactical chameleon.