Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel explained that he chose Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic over Mason Mount due to the 'fresh legs' and added running with the ball they provide for the Blues in their Premier League title defense against Manchester City.
"Everybody is an option and it’s not easy to choose. We went with the characteristic of players, Kovacic and N’Golo for example, rather than Jorginho," Tuchel explained.
"They’re more dribblers and drivers than passers and I think it suits that a bit more in midfield.
"[We picked] Christian and Hakim for their fresh legs and because they’re a bit more runners than for example Mason.
"We thought about it [a false nine] to maybe create a bit of an overload but I think it can suit Romelu as well.”
Mount, 23, has been such a positive influence on the Chelsea team for the last couple of seasons, but has struggled to make a meaningful contribution in recent games.