Mason Mount said that unlike last season, Chelsea have been able to kill games off this season and it has been the biggest difference.
Chelsea have scored more goals than any other Premier League team this season so far (22 goals).
Timo Werner who joined the club in the summer has topped Chelsea’s goalscoring chart with four goals at the moment, while Kurt Zouma, Jorginho and Tammy Abraham are not far off with three goals each.
Interestingly, according to Statsbomb (via FBref), Chelsea only ranked fifth in terms of expected goals (14.8 xG).
It illustrates how clinical Frank Lampard’s men have been so far — and Mount believes this has been the biggest difference at Chelsea compared to last season.
“I think the ruthlessness we have now — to kill games off, to score goals,” Mount told the reporters when asked about what has changed since last season on Monday (via HaytersTV YouTube channel).
“You could see against Newcastle, it’s a tough game but maybe last season we would go there and struggle to score and keep clean-sheet.
“The way we play at the moment, we’ve become more solid as a defensive unit and a team and being ruthless in front of goal.
“We’ve shown we have scored a lot of goals this season so far.”
Mount had a point since Chelsea often paid the price after failing to capitalise on their dominant performance.
In the same fixture at St James’ Park in January last season, Chelsea dominated 70% possession of the ball but ended up losing after conceding a last-minute goal.
On Saturday, they had 71% possession, but this time they got the job done with a comfortable 2-0 win.