Thomas Tuchel ‘really hopes’ Mason Mount is available for Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid after suffering an injury scare in Saturday’s Premier League victory over Fulham.
Mount landed awkwardly on his back during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge and was replaced by Tammy Abraham. Chelsea face Real Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final tie on Wednesday evening and Tuchel is confident Mount will recover in time to feature for the Blues.
‘I hope really that Mason [Mount] is not a big thing and hopefully he can fully recover for Real Madrid,’ Tuchel said. ‘I saw him landing hard. We wanted to take him off if we had the chance and then I saw he was touching his back a little bit.
‘So we didn’t want to take any risks but I have no other information right now so I think he should be absolutely fine.’
Chelsea outplayed west London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge, with goals either side of half-time from Kai Havertz seeing the Blues consolidate their place in the top-four of the Premier League.
Tuchel was delighted with his team’s performance, adding: ‘We knew Fulham gives everyone a hard time.
They make you under-perform and they make you suffer. ‘You cannot get confused with the table. That’s why I have the highest respect for what we did today. ‘It was tough for us but we hang in the game.
We could decide the match earlier but it was a tough and a very important win. ‘We were spot on. It was what we demanded from ourselves.
We showed the pride we are capable of – to do it in between two big games. ‘I’m beyond happy that we did it. There was no lack of concentration.
We had some trouble which everyone against this Fulham side has but there was no lack of concentration and that was key.’