Chelsea star Mason Mount admitted that he looked up to Luka Modric as a young boy — and this evening he might play against the player that inspired him in the Champions League semi-finals.
The 22-year-old’s journey from being in the Chelsea academy, going out on loan to Vitesse Arnhem and Derby County, before becoming a regular first-team starter is quite remarkable.
His playing style as an all-round attacking midfielder certainly played a big part in his meteoric rise. He can adapt to any midfield or attacking role that a manager wants him to.
It is not easy to compare his unique playing style to anyone. But back in 2019, Mount himself said that there are three players that have really influenced his game.
First on the list is Frank Lampard, a Chelsea legend and his former manager.
As a midfielder who always wants to score goals, it is pretty obvious why Mount described Lampard as his number one role model.
But the all-time Chelsea top scorer is not the only one that Mount looked up to.
“I looked at [Luka] Modric when he was in the Premier League at Tottenham,” he told Goal during his loan spell at Derby.
“[Andres] Iniesta at Barcelona in his prime, playing their tiki-taka, I was always watching them on YouTube.
“I saw the games as well. I think those two were a big part of me growing up, looking at those as role models.”
From watching their videos on the internet, Mount will now have an opportunity to play against one of his role models on the pitch in the Champions League semi-finals.
It will also be a tough but excellent experience for Mount to play against Real Madrid midfield trio; Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro, which is still widely viewed as the benchmark in world football.