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Mount: We Needed A Bounce Back

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has said the Blues needed a bounce back in Wednesday’s 3-0 thrashing of Leeds United following a blip in form.

After a three-game winless run in the Premier League, with dropped points to Manchester United, Everton and Wolves, Chelsea responded strongly and got off to a fast start.

Mount got the first goal of the match in the 4th minute while Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku added second-half goals against the 10-man hosts.

Mount, 23, revealed how a strong start at Elland Road was important after a run of poor performances, coming into Saturday’s FA Cup final against Liverpool.

“We spoke about how big this week was at the beginning—it didn’t start well obviously last Saturday,” Mount told Sky Sports.

“We needed a bounce back. We had a few days to get together and speak within the group, some truths that needed to be said, and we got that out of our system.

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“This was a game where we could get going. We know what’s coming up next. It’s a massive, massive game, and this is a good step towards that.”

Prior to Wednesday’s game, the England international Mount had recorded goals in only two Premier League matches in 2022, with one against Norwich in March and a brace at Southampton in April.

He went further to reveal how he fared in the famously hostile atmosphere at Elland Road, insisting that his early goal allowed the collective to breathe against the relegation-threatened home side.

“It was a fun one,” he said. “I do love playing here. It’s obviously a stadium with a lot of history. The fans are brilliant, they don’t like us too much, so it was a good atmosphere. As soon as we got the goal, we kind of quietened the stadium down, and then we could play our stuff.

“I was reading the program before the game and it said, ‘Make this stadium as hard to play in as possible,’ or something like that. So when you’re coming here, you know it’s going to be tough.

“It was a massive game for both teams. It wasn’t just them, it was us as well. We needed a win after a few poor results, so it was a bounce-back game tonight, and then to Liverpool to Saturday.”

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Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has said the Blues needed a bounce back in Wednesday’s 3-0 thrashing of Leeds United following a blip in form.

After a three-game winless run in the Premier League, with dropped points to Manchester United, Everton and Wolves, Chelsea responded strongly and got off to a fast start.

Mount got the first goal of the match in the 4th minute while Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku added second-half goals against the 10-man hosts.

Mount, 23, revealed how a strong start at Elland Road was important after a run of poor performances, coming into Saturday’s FA Cup final against Liverpool.

“We spoke about how big this week was at the beginning—it didn’t start well obviously last Saturday,” Mount told Sky Sports.

“We needed a bounce back. We had a few days to get together and speak within the group, some truths that needed to be said, and we got that out of our system.

READ MORE: Chiellini To Depart Juventus After 17 Years

“This was a game where we could get going. We know what’s coming up next. It’s a massive, massive game, and this is a good step towards that.”

Prior to Wednesday’s game, the England international Mount had recorded goals in only two Premier League matches in 2022, with one against Norwich in March and a brace at Southampton in April.

He went further to reveal how he fared in the famously hostile atmosphere at Elland Road, insisting that his early goal allowed the collective to breathe against the relegation-threatened home side.

“It was a fun one,” he said. “I do love playing here. It’s obviously a stadium with a lot of history. The fans are brilliant, they don’t like us too much, so it was a good atmosphere. As soon as we got the goal, we kind of quietened the stadium down, and then we could play our stuff.

“I was reading the program before the game and it said, ‘Make this stadium as hard to play in as possible,’ or something like that. So when you’re coming here, you know it’s going to be tough.

“It was a massive game for both teams. It wasn’t just them, it was us as well. We needed a win after a few poor results, so it was a bounce-back game tonight, and then to Liverpool to Saturday.”

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