Graham Potter was full of praise in his post-match interview with the club for Mason Mount for his performance against AC Milan.

The 23-year-old was named player of the match for his part in Chelsea’s comfortable 2-0 win at the San Siro.

The Englishman broke through early in the first half to win his side a penalty, also seeing crucial defender Fikayo Tomori sent off for his part in the foul.

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Less than 15 minutes later, the Blues doubled their lead, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang latched on to a sensational through ball from Mount.

Potter was afforded the luxury to bring him off at half-time, with the club firmly in control against their 10-man opposition.

Potter praises Mount

The manager spoke after the game about the quality of his performance, also making it known he was delighted for him personally.

He said: “He was fantastic first-half. The only concern for us was that he was on a yellow card and he’s played a lot of football.

“We changed him for the reason because just one miss-timed tackle and it’s a 10 v 10 game. But I thought he was fantastic, got into good spaces, attacked the goal really well and was a constant threat so I’m really pleased for him.”

AC Milan v Chelsea FC: Group E - UEFA Champions League
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It has not taken Potter long to realise the importance of Mount, following in the footsteps of Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel and Gareth Southgate.

He has currently started every game for the Blues since the former Brighton man took over, with only goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga also able to boast that status.

With Mount beginning to find his feet this campaign in terms of contributing to assists, he is likely to remain an important member of the starting squad for the upcoming games, especially after he was awarded a 45 minute rest last night.

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