Thomas Tuchel seems like the kind of manager who likes to know what’s going on in every game at every level all over the world. He relies on information, and even when he was PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss he would have been keeping an eye on the best young talents across Europe.
He’s well placed to talk about the cream of the English crop right now – Mason Mount and Phil Foden, both of whom have driven their teams to the Champions League final later this month.
When asked about the pair and what he made of their relative abilities, Tuchel of course gave a very diplomatic answer, as you can see here in the quotes carried by Football.London:
“They are examples of how good young players can be and how good young players from England can be. There are the outstanding examples at the moment. I can’t speak about Phil Foden as he’s not my player but you can see the ability and desire to decide the biggest games. I have the impression he is a nice guy and has a clear character like Mason.
Mason is outstanding and he has the full package of being humble and full of talent. The national team can be very happy to arrive with these players because they are reliable at the highest level and they behave exactly how you want them to behave. They want to learn and be better and they don’t seem to feel the pressure, which is pretty amazing.”
We can’t wait to see the two of them face off in the game tomorrow, and more importantly – in Istanbul later this month.
We’re worried about taking on Foden as he blossoms into a world class player, but if anyone can best him, it’s our own star boy Mason.