Chelsea were superb at Southampton yesterday and at the heart of so much that was good about our game was Mason Mount, who relishes a trip to St Mary’s more than most.
The boyhood Portsmouth fan has now scored in each of his three games at Southampton’s ground, and he admits the fixture does mean a little more to him than most because of his family’s affiliation to Pompey.
Yesterday he flitted between midfield and attack, linking up play and bursting from deep. He superbly set up Marcos Alonso’s opener before firing in his first of the game with a daisycutter from distance. His second was a much easier finish and put the seal on a six-star Chelsea showing.
‘It was a performance that had a lot of fire in it,’ said Mount afterwards.
‘We needed a win. That was all that was on our mind. It didn’t matter who was in front of us, we were going to give it everything after two disappointing results. You could see in our performance there was a bit of frustration there, and a relentlessness to punish a team.
‘To get the early goals helped,’ added Mount.
‘We kept going, got a few more, and the game was dead. You could see what it meant to us. It gives us confidence, especially after the last two results, confidence to get back winning and have that winning feeling. We need to carry this on. I feel like we are back on track and we need to keep it that way.’
On his own showing, Mount explained consistency remains the key, but he takes pride in having now reached 10 league goals this term, a target he sets himself at the outset of each campaign.
Also scoring twice at St Mary’s was Timo Werner, another Chelsea player who enjoys playing against the Saints. He netted in the reverse fixture and notched a brace at the Bridge last season, and Mount was quick to praise his team-mate.
‘When he’s on it he scores goals so it’s brilliant for him, and I’m very happy for him as well.
‘He hit the woodwork a couple of times, so he could have had a few more, but Timo is someone who always gets his head down and works hard. He doesn’t worry about the chances he misses; he knows he’s going to get another one and he put it in the back of the net.
‘Credit to him, he’s always trying to get in the box and score goals. I’m very pleased for him.’