Rio Ferdinand and Peter Crouch were left bemoaning the absence of Mason Mount during Chelsea’s Champions League defeat to Juventus.
The Blues were edged out 1-0 by the Italian champions in Turin, with former transfer target Federico Chiesa firing in the winning goal shortly after the break.
In all, it was a somewhat underwhelming performance from Chelsea as they only managed to produce one shot on target throughout the entire 90 minutes.
One man who was missing for the match was key midfielder Mason Mount. The England man picked up a problem during the Blues’ Carabao Cup success against Aston Villa and missed the subsequent Premier League match against Manchester City.
Mount failed to recover in time for the trip to Turin, with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel instead selecting a double midfield pivot of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
Both Crouch and Ferdinand believe that the absence of the 22-year-old led to the Blues’ downfall in Italy.
Talking on BT Sport’s Champions League Tonight show, Ferdinand said: “A lot of people questioned Mason Mount but like we spoke about earlier, I think he knits this team together from the midfield to the front.”
Crouch echoed those thoughts and stated that Mount’s work ethic is the main asset that makes him so crucial to the current Chelsea team.
“The thing is with him, I think he has the same quality of those boys [Havertz, Ziyech] but it’s more urgency. Tactically, he gets back in, he potentially works harder – he looks like he works harder. I think that’s the difference,” the former striker said.
Tuchel will certainly hope that Mount can make his way back to full fitness ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Southampton, as Chelsea aim to avoid a third consecutive defeat in all competitions for only second time since the German took over at Stamford Bridge..