Chelsea: Mason Mount reveals Thomas Tuchel ‘lit a fire in him’ after knocking him down

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Mason Mount says Thomas Tuchel ‘put a fire in him’ after stabbing him for his first game at Chelsea … with English star praising ‘brilliant’ boss as he reveals Phil Foden and Jack Grealish are ‘motivating’ him

  • Thomas Tuchel pulled Mason Mount out of the team for his first Chelsea game
  • The midfielder was a regular under Frank Lampard and it was seen as a big call
  • Mount has now revealed that the call “ lit a fire in him ” and motivated him

Mason Mount has credited Thomas Tuchel with lighting a fire inside him as he contemplated the ax that helped shape his season.

The Chelsea midfielder is in excellent shape and was a key player for the German manager in his first three months at Stamford Bridge, culminating in his winning goal against Liverpool at Anfield earlier this month.

Tuchel immediately put himself in the spotlight after replacing Frank Lampard in January when he put Mount on the bench for his first game against Wolves, but the 22-year-old feels that this turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened.

Mason Mount revealed that Thomas Tuchel (left) 'put a fire in him' when he dropped him off at Chelsea

Mason Mount revealed that Thomas Tuchel (left) ‘put a fire in him’ when he dropped him off at Chelsea

“I’ve had that experience before,” said Mount, who will win his 14th England cap on Thursday when he starts against San Marino. ‘I was loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem when I was 18 and 19. I hardly played those first months.

‘I had that motivation and that fire to want to join the team. The first game with the manager who came in, he went for a more experienced team.

‘I understood that and wanted to be back in the team, so that that motivation and that fire that I have in me came out.

‘I really tried to get back into the team. It’s been great. We work very hard. We’ve had tough competitions recently, but we’ve gotten through. It’s exciting stuff, we keep working hard. It’s been a good start. ‘

Mount was determined not to let the omission affect him, and he responded brilliantly

Mount was determined not to let the omission affect him, and he responded brilliantly

Mount was determined not to let the omission affect him, and he responded brilliantly

Tuchel (left) has been 'brilliant' since he arrived and still has to taste defeat as Chelsea boss

Tuchel (left) has been 'brilliant' since he arrived and still has to taste defeat as Chelsea boss

Tuchel (left) has been ‘brilliant’ since he arrived and still has to taste defeat as Chelsea boss

Mount has faced criticism for being a regular for England and Chelsea for having Gareth Southgate and Frank Lampard hold him high, but the reality is something; he has been in because his form was consistently high.

Calls for Jack Grealish and Phil Foden to start for him at the European championships are unlikely, but Mount – who was one of England’s top performers in the fall internationals – says competition between them could benefit club and country.

“We all know how good (Grealish and Foden) are,” Mount said.

‘There are so many good players on this team and players who are not with us at the moment. We just want to remain the best we can be. We always work hard.

Mount was full of praise for Phil Foden (left), who fights with him for a starting spot in England

Mount was full of praise for Phil Foden (left), who fights with him for a starting spot in England

Mount was full of praise for Phil Foden (left), who fights with him for a starting spot in England

“Jack, Phil… I’ve seen them do brilliant things and it motivates me to keep doing it right.

‘We all understand how many good players there are on this team. It excites us as players because we all have the same goal of winning things and doing great things with our country.

‘That is the most important. We all have the ambition to win big trophies in England and at club level.

‘We compete at club level, but when we are in England, we are together. We’re in a good place. When I come to England I feel confident and as a group we know what we can achieve. ‘

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