'Obviously': Mason Mount shares what Thomas Tuchel did in dressing room after Chelsea defeat last night
Chelsea’s Mason Mount has claimed to BT Sport that manager Thomas Tuchel was quiet in the dressing room following the club’s opening day Champions League defeat.
The Blues were humbled 1-0 by Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, offering very little to suggest they looked like getting back into the game after going behind in just 13 minutes.
Mount in particular had a rough evening, failing to perform in the pivot role alongside Mateo Kovacic.
However, in truth it was difficult to pick out a Chelsea player who did play well, as their Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start.
The England international has claimed that the mood was somber in the dressing room after the game, with the manager leading from the front with his emotions.
Tuchel quiet after defeat
He said: “We need to come back in the next game with that fire and desire that we’ve shown for the last few years to win games, the performances that we know we can provide.
“[Tuchel] didn’t say too much after the game, obviously it’s very raw at the moment. We need to look at the game and analyze. [The fans] need to stick with us and we’ll keep going, keep trying our hardest to stick at it.”
The German took his share of the responsibility in his post-match interview yesterday, and will surely be feeling the pressure in his position as Chelsea manager.
It had been claimed even before the game that the Blues had to win the game, or else Tuchel’s job security would have to be at risk.
Realistically though, it’s very obvious Chelsea are going through a transition phase, with a lot of new signings still looking to find their way playing together.
With the manager still trying to find a system that suits these big-money names, teething problems are to be expected. Supporters will just be hoping it doesn’t go on for too much longer.