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Mount shows Tuchel why he was Lampard’s No1 choice but German still has work to do with Werner


CHELSEA beat Burnley 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to hand Thomas Tuchel his first win as Blues boss.

The German raised eyebrows with his team selection – dropping Ben Chilwell and handing Marcos Alonso his first Premier League start since September.

Thomas Tuchel celebrated his first win as Chelsea boss

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Thomas Tuchel celebrated his first win as Chelsea bossCredit: PA:Press Association

But the doubts were soon forgotten as captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s strike put the home side 1-0 up five minutes before half-time.

And after coming close on several occasions in the second-half while limiting Burnley to very few chances, the home side made sure of the points with Alonso’s close range rocket.

And here Simon Phillips rates the Blues’ individual performances.

EDOUARD MENDY – 6

Still a bit dodgy playing out at times but as expected he didn’t have a lot to do with Chelsea bossing the game again.

CESAR AZPILICUETA – 8

His sprint from the centre-back position to get in to the penalty box and score the first goal was just excellent.

A fine example of giving it 100 per cent and reaping the rewards. His overall game was good as well.

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Cesar Azpilicueta put the Blues 1-0 up

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Cesar Azpilicueta put the Blues 1-0 upCredit: Getty Images – Getty

THIAGO SILVA – 8

Read the game so well and so good at anticipating a tackle or an interception.

He is thriving in the central sweeper spot of the three at the back. Chelsea need to clone him.

ANTONIO RUDIGER – 7

Neat and tidy as a left centre back but he wasn’t really hassled too much by the Burnley attackers.

Azpilicueta ran from centre-back to make it 1-0

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Azpilicueta ran from centre-back to make it 1-0 Credit: AFP or llicensors AFP or Licensors

CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (subbed off 73mins) – 9

Such a threat out on the right playing as a wing-back, but he also got back and did his defensive duties very well.

Great instinctive touch to put Azpilicueta in to score his first half goal.

MARCOS ALONSO – 8

Looked rusty with his touch after not really playing for a long time, but he soon grew more comfortable as the game went on and started to shine in the second half.

Proved how deadly he can be in the box by volleying in Chelsea’s second goal.

Marcos Alonso scored on his return to the team

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Marcos Alonso scored on his return to the teamCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Spaniard smashed one home from close range to make it 2-0

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The Spaniard smashed one home from close range to make it 2-0Credit: Reuters

JORGINHO – 7

Some good touches, and he did well to start the move off for Azpilicueta’s goal feeding it in to Mount after getting out of a tight spot.

Helped Kovacic control the tempo and the game for Chelsea.

MATEO KOVACIC – 8

Very progressive and calm performance from Kovacic, who was the metronome to Chelsea’s great play through the middle.

MASON MOUNT (subbed off 80mins) – 9

Mount proving once again why he has been a mainstay throughout Lampard’s reign.

Chelsea’s most lively attacker and Burnley could not deal with him.

His drive with the ball was always a threat and it lead to Chelsea’s first-half goal.

Mason Mount proved why he was an automatic pick under Frank Lampard

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Mason Mount proved why he was an automatic pick under Frank LampardCredit: PA:Press Association

TIMO WERNER – 6

Some promising and positive moments on the ball and also created quite well at times.

But unfortunately his killer instinct is still not there and he should have done better with a few chances.

Timo Werner had another frustrating afternoon

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Timo Werner had another frustrating afternoonCredit: AFP

TAMMY ABRAHAM (subbed off 45mins) – 5

He was a little lost in the first half. Wasn’t doing enough to hold the ball up and not really looking on it. Came off at half time.

Subs

CHRISTIAN PULISIC (replaced Abraham) – 8

A real threat when he came on causing problems with his movement in the box, almost scored as well.

REECE JAMES (replaced Hudson-Odoi) – 7

Like for like at right wing-back, and James was his usual solid-self.

KAI HAVERTZ – N/A

Not enough time to make an impact.

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