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Mount to return to Tuchel's side? - How Chelsea could line up against Burnley

Frank Lampard's trusted man was on the bench in Thomas Tuchel's first game but impressed when he came on and is in line to start against Burnley

8:00am on Saturday 30th January 2021
Cameron Smith

Thomas Tuchel's reign as Chelsea manager began with a fairly disappointing 0-0 draw with Wolves on Wednesday night, and one player who missed out from the start was Frank Lampard's go-to man, Mason Mount.

Mount has played the most Premier League minutes of any Chelsea player this term, and was even handed the captain armband against Luton, in what turned out to be Lampard's last game in charge.

His bright performance off the bench against Wolves will surely mean he's rewarded with a start against Sean Dyche's Burnley.

N'Golo Kante will miss the game as he recovers from the hamstring injury that has ruled him out for several weeks now, but Jorginho, who Tuchel tried to sign at PSG, looks set to be given a new lease of life under the German, and may well start.

The partnership of Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho has been heavily criticised recently, with the lack of progressive passes on Wednesday night further illustrating that, and Tuchel may partner Mount with Jorginho to balance out defensive solidity and control with Mount's energy.

As the formation, a back-three with Callum Hudson-Odoi at wing-back was used against Wolves, but that was to match up with their opponents, and a return to a auxiliary back-four is likely.

Reece James missed out in midweek, but his delivery may be crucial against Burnley's deep block and although Ben Chilwell didn't have a particularly impress, he's unlikely to be dropped by Tuchel.

Just like Jorginho, Antonio Rudiger looks set to be given a run in the team, and will be alongside Thiago Silva at centre-half.

Kai Havertz looked far more comfortable under German tutelage on Wednesday and could well be joined by the out-of-form Timo Werner, with Tuchel keen to get the ex-RB Leipzig striker firing.

Hudson-Odoi was the brightest spark on the pitch in Tuchel's opener and so deserves another chance to prove himself, with Christian Pulisic, who worked under the German manager at Borussia Dortmund, on the other flank.

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