Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount admits facing three Bayern Munich stars; Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, and Thiago Alcantara has inspired him to work harder.
The 2019/20 was the breakthrough season for the 21-year-old as Frank Lampard kept his trust in Mount following a season together at Derby County.
It really was an outstanding campaign for the England international.
Not only did he make 53 appearances for the Blues and became the first Chelsea academy graduate to play 50+ games in his first season, but he has also established himself as one of the top midfielders in the Premier League with seven goals and five assists in the competition.
As a young player, there were moments where he felt overwhelmed by the opponents though, particularly some of the Bayern players he faced in the Champions League.
He told Sport Bible: “The Champions League is on another level. The games feel different.
“Bayern have some unbelievable world-class players; Lewandowski, Kimmich and Thiago in midfield, I just couldn’t get near him.
“They moved the ball around the team so quickly. When you’re up against players like that you’re thinking, ‘How are we going to stop this?’
“It was a big moment, it opened my eyes. It made me realise, ‘This is the next level, this where you need to be.’ And I am determined to work hard and reach that level.”
Mount argued that Bayern had the advantage in experience over the younger Chelsea squad with world class players who have had hundreds of games at the top level but also said Chelsea have learned from the devastating losses in both legs.
“They’ve been through it all so they had a big advantage over us younger boys,” he added.
“It was a tough lesson, but we’ve taken so much from that experience and we’ll come back stronger.”