Mount penalty extends Tuchel’s unbeaten start with Chelsea
Mason Mount preserved Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten record as the Chelsea midfielder equalised from the penalty spot to earn a 1-1 draw at Southampton on Saturday.
Tuchel’s side trailed to a first half goal from Japan star Takumi Minamino at St Mary’s.
Mount came to the rescue as he won and converted the second half spot-kick that extended Tuchel’s unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions since he replaced the sacked Frank Lampard in January.
Chelsea remain fourth in the Premier League after their run of five successive wins came to an end.
They will fall out of the top four if West Ham beat Tottenham on Sunday.
In a performance reminiscent of the issues that plagued Lampard, Chelsea monopolised possession without delivering the knockout blow and paid for a defensive lapse.
Former Paris Saint Germain boss Tuchel will demand a much-improved display against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 first leg next week.
After losing six consecutive league matches for the first time in their history, even a scrappy point was a welcome boost for Southampton.
N’Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy, Kurt Zouma and Reece James had come back into the Chelsea team as Tuchel made four changes from Monday’s win against Newcastle.
James has had less opportunities under Tuchel than he did with Lampard and the England defender made a bid to catch Tuchel’s eye with a fine cross to Marcos Alonso, whose volley flashed just wide.
Holding over 70 percent of the possession, Chelsea controlled the first half tempo, but lacked the cutting edge to turn that territorial dominance into a tangible reward…..read more