Chelsea starlet Mason Mount has claimed he will use his experience from playing in a Champions League final to prepare him for England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday night.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a fruitful campaign with the Blues, notching nine goals and seven assists to help guide his side to European glory over Manchester City in May – setting up Kai Havertz’s goal as Thomas Tuchel’s side won 1-0.
Mount’s consistent displays earned him a place in England’s Euro 2020 squad and Gareth Southgate has started him in four of the Three Lions matches, with the other two fixtures against the Czech Republic and Germany coming during his Covid-19 isolation period.
The silky playmaker looks set to start tonight’s final at Wembley and Mount has claimed that he will use his experience from playing in the Champions League showpiece to help prepare himself for England’s first major tournament final in 55 years.
“I think it really helps that we have just played in a Champions League final and we had success in it,” Mount told the club website.
“The two finals I played before with Chelsea, two FA Cup finals, we lost them both. So, to have that win under my belt in a final, in a big game, it really helps going into this. But I think a lot of the boys are very experienced in big games and know how to handle it.
“The last game that we played was probably all of our biggest games of our lives and now it’s an even bigger game.
“An experience we’ve never been in before, playing for our country in a major final, but something we will always thrive off and obviously want do our best.”
Mount will be coming up against his Blues’ midfield teammate Jorginho, who has been one of Italy’s most consistent players throughout their run to the final.
And the 22-year-old knows that the Azzuri should not be underestimated by anyone going into Sunday’s clash.
Mount added: “We know how difficult it will be against Italy.
The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can look to build on European glory and bolster the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.
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“You see the run they have been on, and it is 30-something games unbeaten. You know how strong they are from the back, two centre-backs, warriors, and you see how passionate they are.
“Jorginho is a really good player and I appreciate him a lot, because I’m playing with him. He’s very good on the ball and gets the team ticking. Playing with him and knowing what he’s like, and training with him.
“I know a lot more about him than some of the other boys who are in the group, so I can give a few tips about what he’s strong at”.