Chelsea attacking midfielder, Mason Mount said it was weird when he played against Luka Modric in the UEFA Champions League semi-final in the just concluded 2020-2021 season.
Mason Mount said he has been a fan of Luka Modric since the Croatian footballer was playing at Tottenham Hotspur. The English attacking midfielder also said he never stopped following Modric’s career even after the 35-year-old midfielder left Tottenham to join Real Madrid.
After years of watching the Croatian midfielder on television, he finally had the opportunity of going against his childhood hero in the Champions League in the just-concluded season.
With the help of Mason Mount and other Chelsea stars, the Premier League club dominated Real Madrid in the two-legged encounter. Chelsea knocked Madrid out of the competition and went on to win the Champions League title by beating Manchester City in the final.
According to Mason Mount, he had it easier against Luka Modric during the Champions semi-final match because he has been watching the one-time Ballon d’Or winner long before the game.
On Sunday, June 13, Mount will face Modric for the third time in less than two months. This time around, it is a European Championship Group D match. Mount would try to give England the first win in the ongoing tournament while Modric would try to do the same for Croatia at Wembley Stadium at 14:00.
It is now left to see whether Mount would be able to get the best of the 35-year-old veteran midfielder once again.
Mason Mount said: “He has always been a player that I have looked up to. Ever since he has been in the Premier League with Tottenham, I have watched him quite closely.
“Playing against him, it was weird because I had watched him so much, I kind of knew his moves and what he was going to do.
“It helps to be a fan of a player and then playing against him because you know what he likes to do.
“The experience of playing against him helps because you want to be in these big games and learn how to handle the pressure and big moments.
“Them two games were massive in our run and I gained a lot of experience from the two games.”
Countdown to Sunday begins! pic.twitter.com/o9AIztRgUK— Mason Mount (@masonmount_10) June 6, 2021