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Mason Mount on realising his childhood dreams and working to improve further

Our young midfielder said it was ‘a dream come true’ to play and score for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, though he acknowledged there was still plenty of room for individual and collective improvement after our 1-1 Premier League draw with Leicester City.

After years of dreaming for the moment to arrive, Mason Mount made sure he wasn’t going to let the opportunity pass him by. It took just seven minutes of the midfielder’s Stamford Bridge debut for him to make his impact, stealing possession from Wilfred Ndidi before steadying himself to finish into the back of the Leicester net.

A first goal to go alongside a first home appearance and his celebrations said it all, a moment of pure emotion that he described after the game as a blur.

‘It’s a dream come true and I can’t even describe the feeling, it’s going to be with me for a long time,’ Mount said. ‘My family were all here today and obviously it’s a special moment just to make my debut at home but to score as well is a massive moment for me.

‘It’s what you dream of - coming through the Academy and being at the club since the age of six, to start the game in front of all our home fans and score is amazing.’

Frank Lampard said after the game that Mount’s goal typified his qualities, demonstrating desire and energy to win the ball back and then quality to beat Kasper Schmeichel for the opener. It was also pleasing for Mount himself to score a goal that reflects the way his manager wants the team to play from the front.

‘Frank wants us to press high and put teams under pressure so it was nice to see that pay off with the goal,’ he added. ‘Scoring goals and creating chances for the team is something I want to contribute and on a personal note, it’s fantastic to get off the mark for Chelsea in the Premier League.'

The 20-year-old’s emergence as a Chelsea starter has been swift following a successful season working with Lampard at Derby County last season. The noise of Chelsea fans singing his name and the sight of his family name on the back of blue shirts are still things the youngster is getting used to.

‘It feels a bit surreal, having been at the club for such a long time and now finally breaking into the first team,’ he continued. ‘It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now there are fans with my name on the back of their shirts!

‘It’s crazy to process but my focus is to keep working hard day-in, day-out in training so I can play as many games as I can and prove to the manager that I’m ready. I’m loving every minute of it.’

There was no victory to go alongside Mount’s individual achievements on Sunday afternoon in west London. Ndidi made amends for his earlier error when powering a header beyond Kepa from a corner to ensure Brendan Rodgers’s side took home a share of the spoils.

‘It’s a shame that we couldn’t get the win,’ admitted Mount. ‘I thought we were really good for the first 20 minutes or so and created a lot of chances, but in the second half we weren’t quite at the same level. We got the goal but then dropped off a bit and that gave Leicester confidence to get back into the game.

‘As a team, we have to look at our performance overall and there are plenty of things for us to still work on. We’ve been starting games really well but now we have to work on maintaining that throughout 90 minutes. We have a whole week to prepare for the next game and we’ll be working hard.’

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