'Plough their way through': Pat Nevin suggests these two Chelsea players will never tell Tuchel they're tired
Pat Nevin has suggested that Chelsea duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount will never admit when they’re tired.
With fixtures piling up at a time where the squad is decimated by Covid-19, the same crop of senior figures will need to be called upon for the bulk of upcoming matches.
The Blues are scheduled to travel to Brentford on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, so expect a few fresh faces if the club’s manager Thomas Tuchel opts to rotate.
Click here for The Chelsea Chronicle’s predicted starting line-up for tomorrow against Brentford.
Nevin has said in his column that Chelsea first teamers Azpilicueta and Mount are the kind of characters that will want to be on the pitch for every minute of every game.
In fairness, they’re both extremely durable and model professionals. However, Tuchel’s got to be careful with his team selections.
“Many players can and will plough their way through, however many games they are asked to play in. Can you imagine Cesar Azpilicueta saying, ‘No boss, I don’t fancy playing today, I am feeling a little tired.’ The concept of Mason Mount not being up for it, whenever he is asked to go the extra mile, or extra 10 miles in his case, is also beyond the pale,” Nevin wrote.
Chelsea can’t make same mistake with Mount
Mount’s been in scintillating form lately to recapture his very best form and looks like the talisman once again at Stamford Bridge.
However, it was a slow start to the campaign, largely down the sheer amount of minutes in his legs from the past couple of years as a Chelsea player.
It seemed like the England international hardly missed a game, so a drop off from the attacking midfielder was inevitable.
He’s outstanding right now for the Blues, but Tuchel’s man-management with him is absolutely crucial.
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