Mason Mount (No. 19) Right Forward, England
Mason Mount is Chelsea’s best player and there are no doubts about it. Several things were said in Lampard’s era, but Mount has proved everyone wrong by putting in some world-class performances under Tuchel. Against Southampton, it was the same narrative all over again as the players just weren’t good enough to get three points despite the fact that they had 70% possession. However, Mount was the leader as he kept pushing for the winner and had some brilliant moments in the opposition’s half. Expect Mount to put in another jaw-dropping performance against Atletico Madrid.
Timo Werner (No. 11) Left Forward, Germany
It is clear that Tuchel has been working hard to bring Timo Werner to life. One of his biggest goals is to find the right setup for Werner where he can flourish. Now, that has been achieved to a certain extent as Werner has been lively in recent games. His movement has been a lot more convincing and he even broke his goal drought by scoring against Newcastle. A huge tactical adjustment that has worked is that Werner plays as an inverted winger, not as a striker, not as a winger. This position has helped him a lot as he has been able to play his natural game with a striker in front. Werner has often explained how he has been adjusting to the physicality of the Premier League. Atletico Madrid is very physical and that could trouble Werner to an extent.
Olivier Giroud (No. 18) Striker, France
This was quite a tough call as Tammy Abraham is the ideal pick up front. However, the Englishman’s performances have been inconsistent considering the fact that he has been withdrawn at halftime twice. Olivier Giroud has scored regularly for Chelsea and could start against Atletico Madrid. His towering presence will be essential to deal with Atletico’s defensive approach. Giroud will have to be at the top of his game as he will be up against a resilient backline.
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