Chelsea star Mason Mount has admitted his injury in the FA Cup final inspired Champions League glory in Portugal.
The England midfielder was impressive again as the Blues beat Man City 1-0 in the final.
He scored the assist for the only goal of the game with his superbly executed through ball for Kai Havertz allowing the German to bypass Ederson and kick home.
Mount’s breathless running and tactical acumen helped the Blues smother a Pep Guardiola side that barely created a clear chance the entire game.
And his attitude on a glorious night was in part due to the two FA Cup final defeats of which he is now a part.
Losing to Arsenal last season and Leicester City just a few weeks ago clearly frustrated him and Mount was keen to make sure he didn’t suffer more injuries in this final.
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He told BT Sport: “I made two finals for Chels and we lost them both – the FA Cups. The way it hurts after the game.
“I dreamed when I was a kid, going all the way, making a final and winning the trophy, that’s who I am. This is the raison d’être of this club. I know it inside and out.
“I went there when I was a child and now, to go to the end of a Champions League, we had difficult, difficult matches. We have faced high level teams. And now we are in the final and we have won.
“I can’t put it into words. This is such a special occasion. Right now we are the best team in the world. You can’t take that away from us.
Mount is quickly gaining a reputation not only as one of England’s best young talent, but also as an honorable and humble star.
He was quick to point out that it’s not just the 11 on the pitch who deserve the credit after a triumph.
“It’s not just the players, we have a lot of staff here who have been successful,” he added.
“I had my father in the stands. I burst into tears when I saw him. It’s a long, long journey to get to this time here. To my family, I thank them for everything.
“They gave me everything and now these [medals] are the rewards.
And continuing his selfless demeanor, he revealed that he consoled City players after the final whistle and made sure to recognize their achievements.
Mount said: “They gave everything like us, so my post-game celebrations were cut short because I went to them because I know what they gave.
“I just went to see them and told them they deserve to be here because of what they have been doing this year. They have one of, if not the best team in the world, certainly in the Premier League.
But worryingly for City, especially as they have now lost the three times they have faced Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel, Mount is aiming for an English title.
“It is difficult for them, but I hope that next season we will also push for the Premier League,” he added.
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