Rudiger admits he was left in awe by Chelsea teammate's 'elite mentality'
Antonio Rudiger admitted he asked himself if Chelsea teammate Mason Mount was really a 23-year-old simply because of how the midfielder acts on the pitch.
Rudiger shared several interesting stories in what he described as a “goodbye” to the fans ahead of his imminent Chelsea exit in a column on The Players’ Tribune.
One of these stories was about last year’s Champions League semifinal tie against Real Madrid.
He felt that many expected Chelsea to lose simply because of their relatively young and inexperienced squad.
Thomas Tuchel’s men defied the odds, and Rudiger was really impressed by one of the youngsters, in particular.
“The final score was 3–1, but if you ask me, it easily could have been 5–1,” the Germany international wrote in his column.
“The young boys played like men on the biggest stage — especially Mason.
“What a player that boy is. Seriously. Elite mentality.
“Sometimes I have to ask myself, ‘Is this guy really that young?’
“The way he moves, the way he carries himself, it’s not like he’s 23.
“Against Madrid, he was just phenomenal, and in the end, we all know what happened…”
Rudiger not the only Chelsea figure to be impressed by Mount
Well, Mount has not been one of the first names on the team sheet under pretty much every manager he has played under for no reason.
Even John Terry specifically named Mount as the player he believes should succeed Azpilicueta as Chelsea captain.
Having to move to another country at such a young age during his loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem might have played a big part in the England international’s mental development as a player.
To put it into perspective, Mount has already had over 200 appearances in senior football at 23.