TalkSPORT pundit thinks Tuchel has ripped into 23-year-old Chelsea player in the dressing room

Dean Saunders has suggested that Chelsea’s Mason Mount may have received some stern words from his manager Thomas Tuchel recently in the Blues dressing room.

TalkSPORT pundit Saunders highlighted the 23-year-old’s body language and performance after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw away to Brighton last night in the Premier League.

Saunders has come up with the theory that Blues manager Tuchel may have been hard on him off the pitch:

“Mason Mount looks like he’s (Tuchel) named him in the dressing room a few times. He looks as if he’s had the stuffing knocked out of him,” he told talkSPORT.

Mount, 23, made very little impact this week during 90 minutes on his return to the starting line-up against Brighton.

The attacking midfielder’s been one of the big Chelsea positives this season with seven goals and six assists in all competitions so far. However, his form has taken a noticeable dip lately.

In fact, Craig Burley recently said he thinks England international Mount has been struggling with his confidence on the pitch.

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Mount still integral to Chelsea XI

Yes, the form of Chelsea’s attackers right now is concerning.

There isn’t one from the batch of Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Oodi, Romelu Lukaku or Kai Havertz that are currently in great form.

It’s an embarrassment of riches available to Tuchel in attack, but no one seems to be playing with confidence.

For certain, Mount is the most likely to return to form and churn out top performances at Stamford Bridge on a weekly basis.

It’ll be interesting to see if he starts again in this weekend’s London derby against Tottenham, but after that there may be an opportunity for Tuchel to give him time to rest and recharge his batteries.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.