Chelsea: Southgate impressed by Mount's maturity
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Gary Lineker cannot understand the criticism faced by Mason Mount as the Chelsea midfielder once again proved his quality on Wednesday night. Mount struck the opening goal for Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto. The England star turned impeccably on the edge of the 18-yard box before firing a shot across Porto goalkeeper Marchesin.
Mount has been a regular under Thomas Tuchel ever since being dropped for the German’s first game in charge in January.
The 22-year-old has often faced criticism and has been questioned over his spot in the team for both club and country.
But England legend Lineker made his feelings clear on Mount at half time of Wednesday’s match, hitting back at the player’s critics.
“You still see it don’t you on social media,” Lineker said on BT Sport.
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“Social media as we know is full of people who know everything about football.
“But the Mount misunderstanding is weird. He’s really good isn’t he. It was brilliant.”
Former Chelsea star Joe Cole agrees with Lineker that the question marks surrounding Mount are wide of the mark.
“Jorginho was poor at the weekend but he plays this ball on the side of Mason Mount where the defender can’t get, he has a nibble,” Cole said.
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“But it’s all about the turn. He takes it on his weak foot, he knows where he’s going, perfect. And the composure to strike it lovely across the keeper.
“This kid, for the life of me, it’s not an argument.”
Ex-Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle also heaped praise on Mount following his goal against Porto.
Hoddle commented: “He’s a top player, a top, top player and that turn was sensational.
“But it was a great ball as you say, Jorginho, protected side, you’re being marked on one side and the pass actually beat him but the skill was excellent.”
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand also had his say on Mount’s crucial away goal that put Tuchel’s side into the lead.
“An exquisite finish,” Ferdinand said.
“They were patient, this was one of the main times they pinned back the Porto team.
“This ball here, but the turn was just immaculate, the finish maybe a bit of fortune from the goalkeeper just sticking his leg out.
“But a fantastic finish in the end.”
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