Mason Mount says Chelsea are up for the fight against any opponent in the Champions League semi-finals and the rest of the massive run of games we have in every competition between now and the end of the season.
We booked our place in the last four of the Champions League with a 2-1 aggregate win over Portuguese champions Porto following last night’s second leg in Seville, and will now meet the winner of Liverpool’s tie with Real Madrid, as the two sides meet at Anfield tonight with the Spaniards 3-1 up from the first leg.
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Mount admits he and the rest of the players will be watching that match with interest, but insists they are ready to take on either side in the next round.
‘We’ll be watching and we’ll take anyone,’ he said. ‘We’re ready for the battle. It’s the semi-finals of the Champions League so any team you come up against is going to be a tough game.
‘We’re ready for the fight, we’re ready for the battle. Now we get to sit down and watch it and really analyse it and the best team will go through, so we’ll be ready for anyone.’
The 22-year-old also discussed the second leg against Porto, when a determined performance from the Blues stifled our opponents and defended our aggregate lead, despite a late goal giving them a 1-0 win on the night, and the scoreline didn’t seem to dampen his excitement about reach the semi-finals.
‘It doesn’t get better than that. Last night the most important thing was getting through. We could have done better on the day, we could have played better, but performance was probably at the back of our minds. Getting through to the semi-finals of the Champions League was at the forefront and we did that.
‘We had a few chances, I had a couple, but the most important thing was defending, staying strong. We all knew that as a team and us three up top – me, Kai and Christian – we knew we had to work our socks off the whole game, keep going.
‘We knew what the reward was if we won, so we kept doing that and when we made some subs the boys from the bench came on and did that also. We were together as a team.
‘The performance in the first leg really set us up. To be two goals ahead going into game was obviously a massive positive for us but we still had to play on the night and give everything and we knew it was going to be a tough game.
‘They got the goal late on which made it a bit difficult for us and a bit nervy at the end, but we came through it and we’re in the semi-finals. So it’s a massive performance. Last night was about getting through and we accomplished that.’
With a Champions League semi-final to look forward to, it is looking like a thrilling conclusion to the season for Chelsea, when combined with the tight battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League and our upcoming FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday.
That means while Mount and his team-mates are delighted with their latest success and recent form, they know they have to move on to the next fixture quickly.
‘We’re buzzing,’ he added. ‘We’re in a good position at the moment, we know we’re playing well, but the focus going into every single game is 100 per cent. We know we have big, big games coming up. The next one is a massive game in the FA Cup semi-finals against Man City.
‘It’s another big game and we’re going into each game with the confidence we’re going to win and we need to continue doing that. Obviously in the league as well, we want to finish in the top four, so we’ve got a big finish until the end of the season.’