Mason Mount had just entered his teenage years when he watched Chelsea beat Bayern Munich to win the Champions League. Now it’s his turn to help the Blues try to get the better of the German giants.
Mount is 21 years old and already has over 100 senior appearances to his name, including six England caps. But should he feature against Bayern Munich tonight it will be his first taste of knockout Champions League football, like a number of his Chelsea team-mates. Simply put, he can’t wait.
‘It’s a massive feeling, to be able to be involved is brilliant,’ says Mount.
‘For us younger boys, for us to realise we actually do need to step up every game and that pressure is always on now. It helps us to perform, I feel. It makes us stronger together as a team. So, it’s a brilliant experience and we’re learning all the time.
‘When you hear the Champions League anthem you kind of pinch yourself. I remember speaking to Tammy about it and saying when the song is on it’s just an unreal feeling. It’s kind of overwhelming to be involved and to hear that song that many legends in the past have been able to stand there and listen to. It’s obviously a massive moment.’
As a Chelsea player since the age of eight, Mount knows why a game against Bayern Munich resonates so strongly. He says our triumph in Bavaria in 2012 motivated him to reach the heights he has, and now his desire is to help the Blues to another positive result against the serial Champions League winners, and current German champions.
‘For the final I was at home, with my family, we were all watching it. I remember it very clearly. We were all jumping around in the front room celebrating. And obviously how the game went, it was unbelievable to watch and it spurred you on to want to be involved in a game like that in the future.
‘It’s quite surreal, how in the past it’s happened and now we’re playing against Bayern and a legend’s the manager. It’s crazy how everything’s happened, but we’re very, very confident going into the game that we can win.
‘We need to take that confidence that we had at Ajax away and the big performances that we’ve pulled off this season, and hopefully we can do it now.’
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