|Desc||The Chelsea loanee is one of the biggest success stories from Lampard’s first season at Derby, scoring nine goals and four assists from midfield in the Championship|
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2019 05 22 Retrieve
[Quotes on Frank Lampard the manager] Being a Chelsea midfielder, I would always watch him and try to take things from his game. This season he’s taught me a lot about timing my movements into the penalty area and getting into the right positions, as well as pressing when we don’t have the ball
[On Lampard’s assistant, Jody Morris, Mount added] He’s been a massive influence on my career. He was my manager when I first played for Chelsea’s Under-18s. We won two FA Cup Youth Cups and he made me captain for the second. I owe him a lot and it’s great to work with him
: 2019 07 04 Mason Mount is set to be offered a new long-term contract at Chelsea.
2019 07 15 Retrieve
[Mason Mount has committed to a new five-year contract at Chelsea, with that deal set to take the highly-rated midfielder through to 2024] It’s a massively proud moment for myself and my family. I joined this club at six years old and it was always my goal to play for the first team one day. I’m really looking forward to the coming season now and working hard to have an impact here at Chelsea. I’ve been at the club for a long time already and hopefully I’ll stay for a long time to come
2019 07 21 Retrieve
[Chelsea starlet Mason Mount is relishing working under his ‘role model’ Frank Lampard again] It doesn’t matter how old you are. If you are ready and he thinks you are good enough then he’s going to put you in there. Being a midfielder and being at Chelsea you obviously look at him as a role model. For me working with him last year, and also this year, I have learnt so much off him. Speaking with him day in, day out I’ve been getting little stuff off his game, like him talking to me and telling me how to get into the box. I’m learning off him every day and it’s very exciting. You can see the group of players that we have is world class. For me coming into this team and working with them each day - I’m learning off them and that’s the best thing for me at the moment
2019 07 31 Retrieve
[Red Bull Salzburg vs Chelsea. Mason Mount grabbing his chance at the Madejski Stadium by netting twice in the second half] The goals are going to come from different places and I want to contribute towards that from midfield. In the final third, it’s down to us to create and play freely. I think we did that in the second half and tried to combine in and around the box. In pre-season games, it doesn’t always come off but we’re working on it in training
2019 08 11 Retrieve
[Chelsea youngster Mason Mount has revealed he took inspiration from a trip to Old Trafford to see Cristiano Ronaldo as a nine-year-old] It was the first time I’d ever been to Old Trafford but there were good and bad memories for me. I went as a Portsmouth fan and we lost the game. I remember watching Cristiano Ronaldo and he scored this unbelievable free-kick – it was one of the best goals I’ve ever seen live. It was great for me to watch him as one of the best players in the world and that really motivated me as a young boy. I remember going to training the next couple of days and trying to recreate the free-kick. I was only young so I couldn’t really kick it that far, but when you watch something like that then you want to add it into your own game. It motivates you to practise and try to replicate it in a game situation
[Under the watchful eye of Lampard, who managed the Rams before making the switch to Chelsea this summer, Derby dumped United out of the League Cup on penalties – one of which was netted by Mason Mount himself] I’ve got some unbelievable memories from that day and that game. It was early in the season and we went there as the underdogs, but I felt like we had more freedom and less pressure. We played so well and should have won in normal time but they equalised really late on. We had to show character in the penalty shoot-out but we showed our quality and it was really the game that kicked us on to do well in the cup and the league
[And when recalling his all-important spot-kick] I didn’t feel pressure or look at the crowd, it was just me taking a penalty against a keeper. I’ve always liked to go first from a young age because my dad told me to set the good example and hopefully give your team-mates confidence. I knew where I wanted to put it in my head, went for the top corner and it went in!
2019 09 02 Retrieve
[Mason Mount insists he is loving every minute after getting his first taste of first-team football at Chelsea during the opening weeks of the Premier League season] Before the season even started it was an exciting time for the academy boys because there was maybe a chance that was going to arise. We are loving it at the moment, and we are just working hard, getting our heads down. It is a very hard step because you look at the squad and how many world-class players there are here. For me, training with them every day, working under the gaffer, learning all the time, is the best thing for me.
I am obviously learning and loving every minute of being with the first team, working really hard, but in the back of my mind, I am always pinching myself because this is what I have wanted my whole life and this is what I worked for. I think it means so much more when you have been here for all those years, working hard every single year, to get to the first team. That has always been my goal and every single coach I have worked with through the years helped me, so it’s not just me making that step to the first team, it’s for all the manager I have worked with. It was a very special moment
2019 09 04 Retrieve
[Chelsea’s new third kit for 2019-20 season receives mixed reviews. Frank Lampard favourite Mason Mount echoed Hoppins’s thoughts, stating that he feels the outfit has something for every walk of fans] You can see the ’90s influence in fashion at the moment, and I think the kit will appeal to pretty much everyone. Younger fans will like that it has a streetwear vibe and older fans will appreciate the sentimentality, remembering club legends who donned the famous jersey and their memories of going to games
2019 09 06 Retrieve
[Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount says that he does not feel that he has let the pressure brought by his sudden elevation] I don’t really look at that pressure. I don’t really look at any other thing but focusing on how I perform, what I can do in the game. My family have always said: ‘Don’t worry about the pressure side.’ I’ve always stuck to that. I think [the transfer ban] maybe played a part but you’ve got to work hard to earn your starting place. All the boys have done that. The Premier League is definitely a big step up but you’ve got to be ready
[On Lampard, Mount offered additional effusive praise of the man who helped nurture him at Pride Park last season] After training he does one-on-one finishing work with me. I talk to him every day, especially after games, on what I can do better and where I can make runs to get into the box. There is no better person to learn from than him
[Before his spell in the Midlands with Derby County, Mount spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan with Vitesse, and he credits the Dutch side for stregthening his resolve at a critical point in his development] It was tough at the start and for the first couple of months I wasn’t playing but it was the best step. I learned so much and my mentality got so much stronger living away from my family. It was very, very tough but I would always say to any young player: ‘Go to Germany or wherever,’ because you gain so much experience from those international leagues
[Mount’s early form at Derby last season then earned him a surprise call into the England fold in October] I didn’t leave disappointed at all after the Croatia and Spain games last season. It just gave me more fire to want to get into a future squad and play. That was my mindset. Having a taste of being around the place and the first team gave me that extra hunger
2019 09 08 Retrieve
[Mason Mount says he treated his England debut against Bulgaria on Saturday as just another game of football] I wasn’t really too nervous. It’s a game of football so it’s something that I’ve done all my life. When you come on, you just want to get on the ball, have your first touch, get that out the way and then try to influence the game. It’s an unbelievable feeling to make your debut for your country. It’s something that you dream of as a little kid. I think the percentage of people that do it are very slim but I’ve been working hard for a long time and obviously it’s a proud moment for me and my family. It’s been a crazy last couple of months. Making my debut for Chelsea, then being called up to the England squad and making my debut today. It has been a blur
[Southgate is keen to keep refreshing his squad, with the likes of Declan Rice and Jadon Sancho also appearing against Bulgaria and players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi likely to enter the fold in future] He just said congratulations for making your debut and well done. All the boys came up to me after the game in the dressing room saying well done. You can feel how tight the group is, we’re a young group but we’re fired up to win games and learn
2019 09 17 Retrieve
[Mason Mount has revealed how he is inspired by Chelsea’s 2012 triumph in Champions League] It is a historic night in the club’s history, I was at home with my family watching it. I remember every part of the game, Drogba scoring the header and then the winning pen, brilliant night. Watching that as a kid, it gives you the extra fire and the goal to want to play in the Champions League because you have seen what the club has done before. I might have had my Chelsea top on. As soon as the game had finished, [it was] straight to bed because I probably had school the next day.
I just remember all the family watching it and how excited we were, what a game, and you see all the celebrations after and how much it means to everyone, it means so much, and that is something in the history books for Chelsea. We have got to start this one off with a win. You have always got to set goals and that was definitely one of my goals to start this season. It was always to come back to Chelsea and work hard to get into the team.
I knew the Champions League games were coming up so you have always got to set goals and I think you have got to work very hard to try and achieve that. It has been going well and hopefully I can start the next game. It is a dream to play in the Champions League and, for me playing in it with Chelsea, it is a massive game. You always want to get that first game under your belt and get that first three points. It is a tough, tough group, so we need to start strong and they are a good side. We are at home and we need to take what we did on Saturday into that
[The 20-year-old says Lampard has not brought up his role in Chelsea’s greatest achievement to date] No, he hasn’t said anything, maybe he doesn’t want to put too much pressure on us. With the performance on Saturday, if we can keep that going and repeat it [against Valencia] then we will have a good chance of winning. Everyone knows what he has done for Chelsea and to play under him, he definitely wants everyone to work hard and play attacking football, and that is what we did on Saturday. I think he is happy with our performance, the two goals are the disappointing part but clean sheets is something we will work on. To play under him, you just want to go that extra mile and work harder for him
[Following the Valencia game, Chelsea will welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on Sunday] They are a very good side but look what happened in the Super Cup, how well we played then, it was very solid so I think if we look back at that game, they all played and we played so well I think we should have won in 90 minutes. We can look at that game and know that we can hurt them and we are solid in defence
2019 09 23 Retrieve
[Mason Mount has revealed he feared the worst when he was forced off on his Champions League debut against Valencia] As soon as I did it, in my head I thought it would be a long-term injury. We iced it and we let it calm down a bit. Then we realised it wasn’t as bad as I first thought. The next day I was kind of jogging on it a little bit. From then on, I knew there was a chance of being involved. There was swelling, and there is still swelling there now, but it is solid. It felt good as I trained on the day before the game so I was pretty positive leading up to the game that I could be involved.
It was my Champions League debut and you don’t want it to end so soon like that but that’s football. It happened. I tried to stay positive and look forward to the Liverpool game and set a goal to get ready for that. I feel like I am quick at recovering. So we worked on it hard and I was able to get back. No, not at all [it wasn’t affecting me during the match]. I think you have got to block that out of your head and just to try to focus on the game. When I had that chance at the end which I thought I should have scored but I rolled my ankle a bit. It still felt fine afterwards. It was fine. It was good throughout the game. It felt solid so it was alright
[The 20-year-old has started seven of Chelsea’s eight games this campaign] For me I thought I would try and work hard, learn off the boys and work my way into the team. Obviously, for me, going into pre-season, that was my main focus. To show the manager that I was ready, even though I didn’t think I would be starting the games. But showing him that I was ready to come on and prove to him that I can start games, but obviously starting games at the beginning is a massive confidence builder and I have been loving it and just learning from each game, every day in training. [It is] nights, games like this where you learn the most that what you play football for. So [I’m] loving every minute, and loving the game
2019 09 23b Retrieve
[Mason Mount feels Chelsea need to turn Stamford Bridge into a fortress as Frank Lampard’s wait for a first home win as manager drags on] Of course [we need to win more at home], if you look at the games we have had we can take positives from every game we have had. We need to win games at home, that’s a big focus. We are doing well away and now the focus is building that fortress at home and, when teams come here, they know it will be a tough game. We showed that in the second half. They are one of the best teams in the league and, in the second half, I felt like we dominated it. They had chances. Look at the team they have got and they are always going to create chances, but I thought overall in the second half we were very dominant. We had chances of our own and we could have scored. We look back at the second-half performance and take a lot of positives from it. I think Liverpool are a very, very good side and they started the game well from two set-pieces which you can’t do very much from that with their quality. I thought they didn’t create much in open play
So, I think we just need to be concentrated when the ball goes out of play so we are switched on and ready for anything to happen. It is set-pieces that are causing some trouble. They scored two and, when you go 2-0 down, then it is quite tough to get back into the game. I thought we were at the end but, if you switch off at set-pieces at this level, then you get punished. It happened twice so that’s something we will look at and we have been looking at. We need to keep working on it. I would say that we are not going through a tough, tough spell. We are going through a spell when we are getting little bits here and there wrong and we are getting punished for it. So, I think we have always got to stay positive.
We are positive straight after the game, focusing now on our next two games, at home and wanting to win them. They are difficult games, but I think once you get that first home win and get that momentum building, then hopefully we can carry that on. I think the fans watching saw how much we put into the game. How hard we worked throughout the whole game. They probably feel as much as us that we could probably get something from the game at the end. It could easily have been a draw if we nick a goal so, they are watching the game and can see how much we are running, and want to win the game and want to play for the badge, so, yeah, that home win is due and we need to focus on that and hopefully in the next game we can do that
2019 09 28 Retrieve
[Chelsea vs Brighton. Young starlet Mason Mount had spoken about their struggle to deliver on their own turf] We are going through a spell when we are getting little bits here and there wrong and we are getting punished for it. I think we have always got to stay positive. They are difficult games, but I think once you get that first home win and get that momentum building, then hopefully we can carry that on. Of course [we need to win more at home], if you look at the games we have had we can take positives from every game we have had. We need to win games at home, that’s a big focus
2019 10 03 Retrieve
[Mason Mount has expressed his gratitude towards Frank Lampard for granting him a prominent role in Chelsea’s first team] You want to give that extra mile for him. Mentally you’ve got to be ready. It’s a big step and just because you’re a young player doing well it doesn’t mean you’re going to be ready for the first team. You’ve got to show the manager that you’re ready
[Mount is determined to be a Chelsea regular for years to come] You hear all this stuff about there is not going to be another academy player coming through, but now look at it. There are numerous players coming through. Now it has happened I’m focused on working hard and playing as many games as I can
[Mount is eager to pick up his first piece of silverware with the Blues in the near future] It’s been a crazy first couple of months. Sometimes it’s quite strange on the training pitch or playing games looking across and seeing someone you’ve played with for so many years. Hopefully this year we can try to win a trophy and build on that in the next couple of years
2019 10 03b Retrieve
[Mason Mount has welcomed England call-ups for his Chelsea team-mates Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori after Gareth Southgate announced his squad for the Three Lions’ upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers] He’s [Abraham] on fire and when you have a player like that, any time the ball goes into the box you’re expecting him to get on the end of it or create a chance or get a goal. It’s brilliant to have him scoring as many as he can. The thing for him is to focus on continuing these performances and trying to get goals and goals. That’s the main thing for him. He’s a striker, so as many goals as he can score, that’s the best thing for him
[Tomori deserves his chance having shone at the heart of Lampard’s defence so far this season] It’s not just the past week, it’s last year as well, how well he did. I’m very close to Fik so my opinion is he can definitely get up there and get in the team. He’s definitely good enough. You can see by his performances. He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s confident on the ball. You never know what can happen
[Mount looked to help Reece James as they both enjoyed their first away trip in Europe’s elite competition] I tried to help Reece in his first start as much as I could but, me being only 20 as well, it’s only my second start. It’s weird. When you look around, there are so many inexperienced players in the Champions League, young players who just broke through this season. It’s nice to have that around you where you can all help each other
2019 10 06 Retrieve
[Mason Mount feels Chelsea’s ‘transitional’ young team are ready to succeed right away, after an impressive performance in a 4-1 win at Southampton] It’s very important. It’s the whole squad - there’s so much competition and you always have to stay on top of your game. The manager makes us work and try to do your best to get into the team. It’s a transitional team but we don’t have that in our heads, we want to get as high in the table as we can. A lot of the young boys around us have played together for a long time, it’s good having these boys around you in the senior team - it’s a massive achievement and now we’re looking forward to international break
[Sunday’s results mean they are only two points behind champions Manchester City] It’s been going good away from home. There are little things we can work on, obviously conceding, and we had a tough period but away from home we’ve been very good. You’ve always got to have that confidence in yourself. To be fair, I probably didn’t think it would go this well at the start. Everyone is working hard, you can see how much it means to us
2019 10 30 Retrieve
[Mason Mount says Chelsea are happy with their start to the season under new manager Frank Lampard and believes they are proving many people wrong] The manager tells us that we’re not going to be given a chance just because we’re young, we have to earn it. But the fans have been calling for young English players for a long time and the backing they’ve given us makes us all want to give that extra yard on the pitch. People wrote us off at the start of the season and said we wouldn’t do well without new signings, so we just need to keep proving them wrong
2019 11 04 Retrieve
[Mason Mount has claimed that Chelsea can be a top contender in any competition of Ajax’s visit to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Tuesday evening] We’ve had to deal with competition throughout our whole time being in the academy. You come into a team and there are players from all different countries so you have to work to show how good you are. There’s always been that competition within Chelsea, so we’re all ready for that, and there’s massive competition within the team now to fight for your place
We want to win trophies and we want to be top of the league. We’re so tight as a team, the bond is so good and we’ve got that focus and togetherness that we need to win trophies. That’s our next goal, to win a major trophy. We just need to keep getting better and better, which is what we’ve shown over the last couple of weeks. If we carry on this level of performance, we can definitely be a top contender in any competition
[Mount also talked up Lampard’s management having spent last season working with him on loan at Derby County] He’s been a massive influence for me. Working under him last season, knowing how he likes to work and how he likes to play, that’s probably given me and Fikayo [Tomori, who was also on loan at Derby last term] that advantage coming back to Chelsea. He’s been brilliant. I’m learning off him every day, trying to perfect my attacking and defending, and there’s no better person for me to work under.
[When asked about his increasingly pivotal role in the team] I was always ready. I’ve been at the club for a very long time so you’ve got to have belief in yourself and be ready for that opportunity. It probably did come a bit earlier than I expected, but I was ready and so fully focused on taking my opportunity and trying to play well. It’s been brilliant and I’m loving every moment of it
2019 11 05 Retrieve
[Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has shrugged off claims from former Vitesse team-mate Mitchell van Bergen suggesting that he could become a transfer target for Barcelona and Real Madrid] I saw what Mitchell said. I’m obviously very close to him – we had a very close bond. He’s a brilliant player. But my focus is on Chelsea and this is my first year, so I don’t look too far ahead. My focus is on the next game, that’s kind of how far I look ahead
2019 11 15 Retrieve
[Mason Mount thought that England’s fans were booing him - and not substitute Joe Gomez - as sections of the crowd at Wembley Stadium turned on the Liverpool defender during the win over Montenegro] I thought they were booing me when I came off. It has gone now, everything has been worked out in the camp and now I think the focus goes on to the next game. We are a strong side together, we get together and stay together. So we will just focus on the next game
2019 11 15b Retrieve
[Chelsea academy graduate Mason Mount says he is learning from Harry Kane in the Three Lions camp ahead of a trip to face Kosovo on Sunday] He is so clinical in training. I find myself just watching him and thinking ‘wow’. Every shot is going in the top corner - he is so clinical in training and so focused. He is a top, top player and to play with him and be around him, learning off him is the best thing as a young player coming up. He is brilliant for the squad and a top leader.
We know what we have in the squad, we know we have competition and that is good because it keeps everyone on top of their game. The attacking threat is frightening going forward and on our day, we can score as many goals as we want. There are still things we can improve on and we are working hard to get better and better. That was the main thing, coming into the game we knew we needed a point, but a win was on our mind and we knew coming to Wembley for the 1000th game we could put on a big show and I thought we did that
2019 11 15c Retrieve
[Abraham played alongside Mason Mount as England took in their 1000th international match] I was buzzing for him. He is such a clinical striker. When he was on, I always had a feeling he would have one chance and when he gets a chance he puts it away. I’m buzzing for him, it’s brilliant for his confidence going forward
2019 11 18 Retrieve
[Mason Mount says the England squad is like a family and have set up a WhatsApp group to keep in touch] We go back to our clubs and we’re all going to be playing against each other, but we have a WhatsApp group, so we’re always talking to each other. It shows how close we are. It’s like a family. We always keep in contact.
You obviously see what everyone else is doing within the Premier League at their clubs. It’s going to get heated in club games because they’re massive games, but we’re very tight as a group - and that’s shown in the last two performances. Things get sorted out very quickly, like they did [last week], and then we focus on the games. It was very strong performances in both games.
The two games have been very professional performances. To finish with a big win is good and now there’s a big break until the next camp. It’s been a great qualification, we’ve got some big wins under our belt. The focus is on March and hopefully it’s a very exciting summer
2019 11 30 Retrieve
[Mason Mount talks about scaring childhood friend Declan Rice while on holiday] We were on the boat for the day, relaxing in Dubai. It was so hot. He was so red, like a tomato. He had to go inside so I thought I would chill for a bit. He’s snoring away, so I went over, obviously this quite scared him, and as soon as it happened I realised this video was the best video I’m ever going to have
2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Mason Mount sets Chelsea goal target as he seeks to avoid becoming a ‘luxury’] I hadn’t had a full pre-season with Chelsea before last summer so that was my first goal – to go away with the first team, work hard, show the manager I was ready to play and get as many minutes as I could in pre-season. I knew that would give me the best chance to show him that, when the season started, I could step in and play a big part. I always set a target of 10 goals too – double figures – no matter who it’s with. I achieved that last season and the year before, so hopefully I can do that this time as well. If you’re stepping up a level, then you’ve got to go to that level with your performances as well. The players around you are going to be better so you have to be better as well. Ten goals was always something I felt kept me focused and kept me looking forward, at any level
My dad always said when I was younger that you can’t just be a luxury number 10 because you see so many players like that in academy football. You see so many players who want to get on the ball, do all the good stuff, but never want to track back, work hard or do the defensive side. You see that so much and he said to me that you need to do the other side of the game too, so that was always in my head
2019 12 24 Retrieve
[Mason Mount says Lampard wanted balls and Chelsea showed them] I’ve known what it’s all about from a young age. Going away to Spurs’ training ground at seven or eight years old, it was always a massive game so all of us young boys and the experienced guys as well knew that it was the same today. We knew we had to get the three points to stay in the top four and we came here with confidence to show what we can do.
Derbies are about fight so straight from the beginning we knew we had to fight, win our battles and then the goals would come. It was a brilliant all-round performance but we knew we had it in us. We came here to a tough stadium after a couple of bad performances from our part and we dominated throughout the game so it’s a massive achievement for the manager and the whole group.
Our reaction from the last game was key. Frank spoke after saying we didn’t show enough balls in trying to get on the ball and play so to come here and do that was a big opportunity for us to show everyone that we’re not a team that’s going to get pushed over easily and we do have that fight within us
[While Chelsea raised their game as a group against Tottenham, Brazil international Willian was the man to steal the headlines] He’s a brilliant player. I was a big fan of his when I was younger coming through at Chelsea so now to train with him and play with him is a massive honour. I’m learning from him and it’s great. He’s a world-class player and that’s what he brings in the big games - he steps up
2020 01 18 Retrieve
[Mount: Chelsea can replace me with £80m star but I don’t fear spending threat] For me, it’s about having that same attitude I have had since I was six and making sure I never lose it. You just have to fight. You know Chelsea can always buy £60 million or £70m or £80m players that are world-class. They want to come here and take my place. Just because I am an academy boy and young, that doesn’t mean anything. But the mentality I have means I won’t be pushed over easily. I will fight for my position and keep working hard. At a club as big as Chelsea you have to have that mentality. It always stuck with me. It’s why I am here in the first place
It’s natural that young players will be up and down and it’s probably the best thing that can happen. It makes you ask yourself why you played well one week and then dropped your levels the next. If I am not good enough in a game - if I am losing the ball and stuff - then I see those as key experiences and I won’t hide from that. You are playing against world-class players and they will take advantage of days when you are off it. That’s the best lessons you learn.
After those home games you mentioned, I looked at myself and asked whether I created enough chances or took enough shots. We weren’t scoring. Was it my fault? I look at myself and know I needed to do more. I am an attacking midfielder and I need to get in to the box. Stamford Bridge has to be a fortress and it hasn’t been. The gaffer has put his confidence in me to start games so if I am not doing it, I will be hard on myself. My dad is too. Just because I am young it doesn’t matter. You have to step up and perform
2020 02 03 Retrieve
[Mount unsurprised by Tammy Abraham success as Chelsea star backs team-mate’s mentality] I am not very impressed at all. I know exactly what he is like. I have grown up knowing what kind of player he is and what he can achieve. This is not a big surprise to me what he is doing this season. I know what he can do so for him to be scoring loads of goals and playing well that’s the best thing to see for us players, coaching staff and fans to see him doing so well. It is brilliant to see
I would personally say it is more mental than physical. There is obviously a big focus on performing in every game. The fans want you to do well so there is a lot of pressure. He has dealt with that brilliantly. As I said before, it is not a big surprise to me
[Mount insists he has no rivalry with James Maddison as they battle for places in England’s Euro 2020 squad] Yes, I know Madders. I know Madders very well. He is a very good player. We have played against each other a couple of time. It is obviously brilliant to play against him and come up against him in that battle. I enjoyed it. We drew both games. So no bragging rights between us two. There are so many English midfielders that are young and doing well in the Premier League. It is brilliant for the country. You see a lot of people comparing us against each other where I think a lot of us can play together and learn off each other and work off each other. Me and Jack Grealish came in from the Championship last season and playing against each other. We learned from the Championship and now coming into the Premier League is brilliant. It is exciting times
2020 02 03b Retrieve
[Midfielder Mason Mount summed up the feelings among the youngsters that transfer business is of little concern ahead of his side going away for their winter break] I think that it was like that from the beginning [having the trust in youth]. Obviously, with the two-window ban, we thought it would be two windows where we couldn’t buy any players and that we had to step up as young players and have an effect on games to be big players for the team. We knew that from the beginning of the season. That changed in January but that didn’t change our focus and goal on what we want to do throughout the season. [Transfers] is not something we look at. We focus on what we have and the game ahead. None of the players really look at that unless a player comes in. Then make them feel welcome as they come into the team. Our focus is fully on the game ahead and how we can perform
Yes, I think you are always trying to focus on having an effect on a game. Making an impact, trying to get goals and get assists. For me to get two was something I was pleased with. Two for Rudi as well so we have that connection there. He is always telling me to put good balls into the box and this is the game that it worked in and paid off. He got on the end of the two balls so I am pleased with that. The main thing is that we ended up having a point. Now we look back and see where we did go wrong and where we have done well
2020 03 09 Retrieve
[Mason Mount says that he was too desperate to end his 18-game goal drought following his bright display in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Everton] I have found recently that I have been trying too hard to score and kind of snatching at shots and trying to take shot when off-balance and stuff. When you’re so focused on scoring and thinking ‘I need to score’, you do that.
You start snatching at it. You don’t take your time and focus on your technique enough. Today, I kind of had looked at my game and where I’ve been going wrong recently and to aim, stay calm and not to try to look for it as much as I have been.
It just happened. I took a touch and turned and finished. It wasn’t me thinking about it too much. I think I’ve been overthinking it. It hasn’t been coming my way and I have been snatching at it.
Today, it was the total opposite. It wasn’t in my head, I just focused on the performance and it came. I do look at games. My dad is very into football and watching my game and where I can improve. He helps me a lot. He’s here for every game and after he’ll tell me what I did best and what I didn’t do well and where I need to improve. The last few games has been finishing and end product. I think I took a shot against Bournemouth from an impossible angle where I was just trying to score a worldy when it wasn’t on. We spoke about that. More just me personally looking at my game, speaking to my dad as well.
I think about games like the Bayern game where I snatched a chance with my left foot where it hasn’t been on. It’s something where you don’t have to try so much. It just comes at the right time and it did today.
You listen to every bit of advice coming your way and learn from it. It’s good to have my dad there focused on me, watching what I need to do better. It helps me so much coming off the pitch speaking to him in the car. We have done that since I was a little kid and some things never change
[Upon scoring, Mount leapt into the air in relief and upon landing did the dance he terms ‘the Frankenstein’] It was a new one, yeah. I had an interview with Chunkz. He messaged me, I’m going to FaceTime him but it is his kind of dance move. We had an interview and he said ‘next time you score a goal, can you do it?’ So I always had it in my head and I pulled it out today
We’ve been up and down through the whole season. It hasn’t been a very consistent season where we have been scoring a lot of goals and keeping clean sheets. It hasn’t been like that so we have had to focus on what we do really well and not change
2020 03 09b Retrieve
[Mason Mount does not expect Billy Gilmour to struggle in the spotlight] He is very grounded. He has got a very, very good family around him and he is a very screwed-on boy so that won’t get to him at all. I won’t let it get to him as well, I’ll keep him grounded! No, he’ll be fine. I’m not surprised [by his performances]. I know what he is as a player, as a boy. I am very close to him so I know what character he has. I had no doubts about him coming in, stepping up and performing like the way he has in the last two games. I have massive confidence in him and he shows it when he comes out onto the pitch. The young players coming through, they are going to have these challenges. It is obviously a big achievement to make it into the first team, to start a game at home at Stamford Bridge. The way my debut went here was very good. I scored but Billy has stepped up and done brilliantly. He’s come into the team, been dominant, been confident on the ball and that’s what you want.
2020 04 06 Retrieve
[Mason Mount relishing arrival of ‘world class’ Ziyech despite added competition at Chelsea] So two years ago I was in Holland on loan so I knew a bit about him then and obviously how good of a player he is. So obviously it’s another amazing, world-class player joining the club. So yeah buzzing to work with him, train with him and hopefully play with him
[Asked on what he is doing during lockdown] It’s been difficult just staying inside, it’s just a complete change of routine, but I think it’s just the best thing to do, just avoid going out as much as you can, because I think everyone just wants to get this over and done with, back to normal routine, normal football on the weekends
2020 04 08 Retrieve
[Mason Mount: How midfielder ended Chelsea’s long wait for homegrown star] I’m staying at Chelsea. I’ve been here since I was six; it’s my club. I will play first-team football here.
2020 04 17 Retrieve
[What Chelsea star Mason Mount regularly does with Frank Lampard after training] I have found recently that I have been trying too hard to score and kind of snatching at shots and trying to take shot when off-balance and stuff. When you are so focused on scoring and thinking I need to score then you do that.
It does happen that you start snatching at it. You don’t take your time and focus on your technique enough. I had looked at my game and where I have been going wrong recently and to aim to stay calm and not to try to look for it as much as I have been
It just happened. It just happened. I took a touch and turned and finished. It wasn’t me kind of thinking about it too much
[Lampard] has been talking to me about getting into positions. I think I took a shot against Bournemouth from kind of an impossible angle where I was just trying to score a worldy when it wasn’t on. We spoke about that.
More just me personally looking at my game, speaking to my dad as well. I think about games like the Bayern game where I snatched a chance with my left foot where it hasn’t been on.
I just wanted to score so much and then it is something where you don’t have to try so much. It just comes at the right time and it did today
2020 04 19 Retrieve
[Mount’s father Tony has revealed in the recent past] Mason and Declan are best friends. They always have been and still are now. They talk to each other all the time. When Declan got released at 14, we were all devastated. Debbie [Mount’s mother] was in tears and Mason was gobsmacked
2020 05 05 Retrieve
[How Chelsea built the best youth teams since the Busby Babes] It was a tough decision [to join Chelsea] because you have to travel a lot but the best decision because the competition with the boys is so much higher. I have to thank all the coaches in the academy from the beginning. Bob Osborne, Frank O’Brien, Micky Bill, Joe Edwards, Jody Morris, Adi Viveash. All the coaches in the academy and I think I missed a few, but they all give you different things, and you learn different things off them
2020 05 07 Retrieve
[Mason Mount would certainly like to be reunited with Declan Rice] He got released at 14, so that was a big blow for me because he was a close friend of mine. But we have always kept in contact now and speak to each other almost every day. It’s great when you see how he is doing, how he has bounced back from being released. I am so proud of him. We would always speak to each other about maybe playing with each other again. He was playing for Ireland initially, so it didn’t really look like a possibility, but now he has chosen to play for England and I was buzzing with his decision. Now, we will see what happens in the future if we can play with each other again…
2020 06 08 Retrieve
[Mason Mount says Chelsea are raring to go for the resumption of Premier League football] It’s very exciting. It’s something we’ve all been waiting for a long time, to get back playing when the time was right, so we are all excited. To get the games back is great and it’s something we all wanted if it was possible. We all love playing games and representing Chelsea in the Premier League and we are all looking forward to getting started again. It’s been a long time since we played and the two months we had away in lockdown certainly seemed like such an age! So it’s been great to be able to get back out on the pitch at Cobham and do what we love. I think I speak on behalf of all the boys when I say we had to ensure we stayed fit during the lockdown, ready for when we could go back to work. It was important to remain active and to be honest, I think most footballers find it difficult to stay too far away from a football. I know I’ve been kicking one around my house all the time! Training has been great, and the boys are looking sharp. I think at the start, having been away for so long, there was a little rustiness to shake off but we are back to normal now and raring to go again
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Chelsea’s Mason Mount says he has grown on and off pitch this season] There’s been ups and downs, but the main thing for me coming out of this season is how much I’ve learnt and grown as a player, on and off the pitch. Also how much I’ve learnt playing against some of the best players in the world. It’s my first season in the Premier League and, as a boy, I dreamt of playing in the Premier League. For me to have my first season, make loads of debuts and score some goals has meant so much to me
2020 06 12b Retrieve
[Mount out to emulate Lampard as Chelsea playmaker targets goals and trophies] I’m very lucky to have worked with Lampard at both Derby and then at Chelsea this season. The manager has been great with me. He’s always giving me little bits of advice and he’s just been encouraging me to keep learning and to keep growing as a player. I’ve loved every minute of this season so far and hopefully we can come back and end it on a high now. I’d love to add more goals to my game, like Frank did when he played for Chelsea. If I could make even half of his goals then I’d be very happy! He was so dominant as a goalscoring midfielder. I’d also like to be successful like him in terms of trophies won. As young players coming through, you dream of lifting silverware and that’s no different to this team. We want to win trophies and having seen the Chelsea team when Lampard was playing, that’s something we can aspire to