After scoring the winning goal in our first ever game in Las Vegas, Mason Mount spoke about the greater importance of building fitness and putting on a show for the fans…

The midfielder’s superb strike settled an even contest between the Blues and their counterparts from Club America, securing a 2-1 victory following Timo Werner’s opener at the start of the second half.

The pair were both introduced at half-time as Thomas Tuchel swapped his entire team with the aim of sharing minutes around the group at this early stage of pre-season and it was that endeavour of getting up to speed physically that Mount reflected on first in the immediate aftermath of the game.

‘They’re a top team and they worked so hard,’ he said of the Mexicans, who have already begun their new league campaign.

‘They made us run made us play to the best if our ability so we’re obviously very happy to come out with the win and put on a show for all these fans.

‘I just want to say thank you to them for coming out. It’s been a brilliant week training here in the US and the fans have been unbelievable.

‘You can see how many turned out today to support us. It’s brilliant to see and we love being here.’

On his eye-catching goal, which came with seven minutes remaining at the Allegiant Stadium, the 23-year-old felt it was a strike that deserved to win the match.

‘I don’t know if it was top bins but it was close,’ he said. ‘When I hit the ball and looked up, I was obviously very happy that it went in.

‘We got the second goal and we got the win but the most important thing today was really working at our off the ball stuff, our physical ability to run, and I thought we did that.’