Joe Cole picked out Chelsea’s Mason Mount for huge praise after his performance in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Blues recorded an impressive 1-0 victory over Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the away leg of their last 16 Champions League tie.
Despite the fact the match was played at a neutral venue, Thomas Tuchel’s side earned a vital away goal to take back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg against La Liga leaders Atletico.
Olivier Giroud netted a stunning bicycle kick midway through the second half to secure the win in Bucharest, which is a result that seemed thoroughly deserved on the balance of play.
Chelsea were on top for large parts with 63 per cent possession and tried to ask questions of a rigid defence, while their opponents failed to register a shot on target.
Pundit and ex-Blues star Cole was left waxing lyrical about Mount after his European display, explaining why fellow footballers love him as a player.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder was his usual non-stop energetic self that linked up well with Callum Hudson-Odoi on the right, plus he produced a memorable piece of skill to dribble away from a couple of Atletico defenders.
“We praised him to the hill before the game and even when there was nothing in the game he was the one who was looking to probe,” Cole told BT Sport 2 (10:13pm, 23 February).
“The reason why footballers love him so much is because he does everything right. He’s in the right positions defensively and attacking.
“He’s also got that little bit of magic. He was a threat. He looks like a leader. I thought he was brilliant tonight again.”
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Mount has quickly become a favourite under German boss Tuchel, thriving in an advanced attacking position behind a central striker and he’s got a real licence to be involved in the final third.
But one huge negative to come out of last night were the yellow cards to Mount and Jorginho.
Both players started in Chelsea’s memorable victory against Atletico, but they are going to be suspended and unavailable for the second leg due to an accumulation of cards in the competition.