Rio Ferdinand felt that Chelsea badly missed Mason Mount’s ‘power’ and skill to hyperlink up the play throughout their 1-0 defeat to Manchester Metropolis on Saturday.
Gabriel Jesus broke the impasse with a deflected strike within the 53rd minute at Stamford Bridge. And the reigning Premier League champions held on pretty comfortably to bring an end to Chelsea’s impressive unbeaten league start this season.
Mount was dominated out of the conflict after struggling a minor damage within the Blues’ Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa. N’Golo Kante got here again into the midfield after beginning on the bench in opposition to Tottenham final weekend.
Thomas Tuchel opted for a reasonably conservative strategy in Mount’s absence and that gave Metropolis the impetus they wanted. Pep Guardiola’s males took management, having fun with 60 per cent of the possession and having 15 pictures on the right track. That was 10 greater than the below-par Blues.
Metropolis leapfrogged Chelsea to go second within the desk with the victory and Ferdinand believes Tuchel will likely be praying Mount makes a speedy restoration. The Blues have an enormous month forward of them each domestically and in Europe.
“Manchester Metropolis have overwhelmed a contender for the title,” Ferdinand instructed BT Sport shortly after the ultimate whistle.
“This was an announcement efficiency. It was a 1-0 beating at present. Chelsea weren’t a part of the sport. Metropolis dominated in all areas.
“It was actually convincing and simply what Metropolis wanted. Chelsea weren’t on top of things at present, the depth wasn’t there. They had been overwhelmed by a greater aspect on the day.
“Chelsea missed Mason Mount at present, the way in which he connects the workforce and his power.
“I feel Tuchel will need him again as quickly as attainable.”
Tuchel admits Chelsea failings
In his post-match interview with BT Sport, Tuchel admitted Chelsea failed to achieve their ‘best stage’.
“We misplaced the sport and Metropolis deserved to win. For 60 minutes, or till the objective, we had been very robust till the final 20 meters of the sphere however solely there,’ the Blues boss mentioned.
“We weren’t ok at present to flee the strain to have ball possession. Not solely to breathe but in addition to modify play and to harm them and to develop in confidence.
“It by no means occurred within the first half and in addition within the second half. Till the objective we defended very properly the field and the objective, it was glorious, however this was solely a part of the match.
“The efficiency was not complicated sufficient. It was not on our best stage and it is advisable to be in your best stage to poach a recreation like this.”