Mount and Pulisic to miss Man City game

Chelsea have been dealt a major blow as Head Coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed Mason Mount will miss the game against champions Manchester City after picking a knock in their Carabao Cup win against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Having defeated Manchester City thrice last season, including the Champions League final, Chelsea are considered to be favourites for the game. However, Thomas Tuchel insisted previous results will have no bearing to tomorrow’s game, and both teams will have equal chances to win the game. The German added “It’s not between me and him, it’s not a tennis match or a chess match, it’s between our teams who compete against each other on a very high level.”

Honestly the last three games I see three 50/50 matches, before and during the matches. It could have been any outcome. Once you have 50/50 matches, little details decide it. Small situations can give you the advantage.”

I expect nothing else than a 50/50 match tomorrow. We want to fight to have the better outcome. We have done it a few times, but we know how much we suffered in those matches, and we will have to do that tomorrow.”

On asked if Chelsea have a psychological advantage over City, Tuchel replied “We have the positive experiences, and we know how tough it feels at half-time in the dressing room. You have to work hard for it and earn it. You need momentum and a bit of luck.”

At this level we have the belief we can do it. We know what it takes to have the possibility to win. I have the feeling it does not take a miracle to win against Manchester City, but it’s absolutely necessary we bring the best performance.”

It’s one of the biggest tests in European football and we feel ready for it.”

Speaking on injuries and team news, Tuchel said “Mason is very disappointed to miss out. It happened in the second half against Villa, he played through the injury and finished the game. He was even confident enough to take an important penalty, so it was a surprise to see him with this injury.”

The steps he is taking are huge and maybe if the game was one day later, then he could have played. It’s a minor injury but there is disappointment for him and us because he is a player that we count on.”

But no matter the importance, no matter how we rely on him, the task is to find solutions without him and bring him back as soon as possible. Everyone else is fine and Edouard Mendy is fit from his injury. He is available and will start for us tomorrow.”

Source: Chelsea FC

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