Chelsea’s revival under Thomas Tuchel continued on Thursday night with a well-deserved 1-0 win over defending Premier League champions Liverpool.
Mount’s superb first-half goal was enough to separate the teams but Chelsea were good value for their win, controlling the game and thwarting Liverpool’s misfiring attack.
Former Blues star Leboeuf raved about ‘leader’ Mount after Chelsea’s win but said Ziyech – who joined the club from Ajax last summer – was ‘still struggling’.
‘He [Mount] is absolutely fantastic — [and] he’s still a young lad, we shouldn’t forget that,’ Leboeuf told ESPN FC.
‘He [has played] under two different coaches, and he’s been perfect – and he’s a leader. He’s the kind of player that makes the difference.
‘Up front, even if you can say [Timo] Werner had a good game and [Hakim] Ziyech is still struggling, there is one who always gives his best and does very very well, that is Mason Mount.
‘What he did to Fabinho, how he found the corner, how he scored the goal, he shows that he’s already matured and always makes the right decision.
‘Hats off, my man, carry on like that because you have a great future, for sure.’
Chelsea’s victory saw them climb to fourth in the Premier League and Blues boss Tuchel said he was ‘very, very happy’ with the team’s performance.
‘It was clear we needed a complete performance in all aspects of the game,’ he said. ‘We did this, we were very brave with the ball and never lost intensity with the ball.
‘We were always aggressive and very brave. This was the key. It was a top team performance and a deserved win.
‘Both teams started in a high level of speed and intensity. We knew that. We told the team we don’t want to give too much information. When you arrive in a match like this you cannot overthink it.
‘We managed all situations very, very good. Very, very encouraging.’