'So strong together': Tuchel says three Chelsea players work so well when they are put in the same team

Thomas Tuchel has said the Chelsea trio of Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount are a great combination when they play together.

The three Blues stars haven’t been in the same starting XI since Boxing Day, largely due to an injury to wing-back James, but are all considered key individuals at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel has referred to a partnership between the three players, which usually takes place on the right flank.

England internationals James and Mount are so effective playing down the right wing, while Kante is the box-to-box central midfielder who can gravitate over to the right.

Chelsea’s manager has mentioned the combination that his team are currently missing:

“Reece, N’Golo Kanté and him (Mason Mount) were so strong together. When you turn, you know without even looking he will come now, or I will go and get the pass and he will come, so I will be here,” Tuchel said.

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Chelsea without best XI for most of season

Unfortunately, Tuchel won’t be able to pick the club’s best starting line-up from now until the end of the campaign. That’s because first-choice left wing-back Ben Chilwell is out for the rest of the season.

The Blues manager has highlighted an area of the pitch where the side are very strong.

A James-Mount combination is evident when the duo play together, with both major success stories to come out of the academy. Meanwhile, Kante’s the kind of player who makes anyone around him look better.

There has been a lot of inconsistency in the team’s results in the past couple of months, but the disruption to the XI must be factored in.

Yes, Manchester City look uncatchable for them in the Premier League. However, they’re still fighting on several fronts this season to win silverware, including playing in next month’s Carabao Cup final against either Arsenal or Liverpool.

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