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Chelsea boss Tuchel defends Mount after FA Cup final performance

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has defended Mason Mount after his performance in their FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City.

Tuchel explained that while he'd like to give the almost ever-present a rest, he expects Mount to feature heavily in our final few games.

"We tried to give Mason a little break recently because he gave a lot in the Real Madrid games and he has been so decisive for us," said Tuchel.

"We didn't have much time between those games and the [Manchester] City match, particularly when you factor in the travel, but we wanted him to rest to conserve his energy and his form.

"I think he struggled a little bit in the game against Arsenal in terms of having his usual high standards and impact on the match. He has played the last few games in a double six role, which I don't think is the best position for him, but I'm still so happy with Mason.

"In the cup final, perhaps he could have played with a little more composure but don't forget, if it wasn't for an incredible save from [Kasper] Schmeichel, then he would have scored an equaliser. It wasn't to be but Mason is always a dangerous player for us and we should be careful that we don't over-expect from Mason.

"He is a key player for us in every match, he's always so decisive and that will not change for the next three matches. He is absolutely key for us."

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