'We loved it': Mason Mount shares what he read in Leeds' match-day programme before Chelsea game last night
Mason Mount has revealed the Leeds United fans were instructed to make Elland Road as intense as possible for the Chelsea players last night.
Elland Road is usually rocking
Elland Road is certainly one of the most fiery and intimidating atmospheres in the country, but unfortunately it had little effect on yesterday’s results.
Jesse Marsch’s men, in desperate need of three points, got off to the worst possible start by conceding inside four minutes.
A flowing move from Thomas Tuchel’s team ended with Mount guiding his shot delightfully into the top corner.
Matters became much worse for Leeds shortly after.
Daniel James’ reckless challenge on Mateo Kovacic rightly earned the Welshman a straight red card.
Kovacic had to hobble off the pitch because of the tackle, the one sour note on what was an otherwise excellent evening for Chelsea.
Despite having an advantage in the score line and players on the pitch, the Blues were not safe until they put extra daylight between themselves and their hosts.
They managed to extend the gap after the interval, Christian Pulisic finishing off another fine attack with a cute, low finish.
Romelu Lukaku, who enjoyed one of his finest all-round displays this season, finally got his name on the score sheet with seven minutes remaining.
Elland Road didn’t make Mason Mount jump
By the time Lukaku rippled the net, most of the ground had gone silent.
Which, according to Mount, was certainly not part of the plan.
“I was reading the programme before the game and it said make the stadium as hard to play as possible,” said the England international.
“When you come here you know it’s going to be tough, but we loved it. It was a massive game for both of us tonight, not just them.
“We needed the win after a few poor results, so it was a bounce back game today and looking forward to Saturday.”
Mount and co. can welcome the FA Cup final now they’ve avoided another potential hurdle in their pursuit of Champions League football.
Had they lost on Wednesday, then a top four finish would’ve been far from guaranteed.
But thanks to the comfortable victory against Leeds, Chelsea have a four-point buffer between themselves and Arsenal, who face Tottenham Hotspur later today.
It’s crazy how things can change so quickly in football…