Mason Mount feels ‘a bit lighter’ after scoring his first hat-trick for Chelsea

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The manager of Chelsea football club, Thomas Tuchel said Mason Mount felt lighter after scoring three goals against Norwich City on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

Chelsea went into the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge without a striker as the club’s two strikers, Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are currently out with different degrees of injuries.

Hence, coach Tuchel had no choice but to go with Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, and Callum Hudson-Odoi upfront, a decision that paid off greatly.

Mason Mount opened the scoresheet in the 8th minute of the Premier League game. Hudson-Odoi made it double in the 18th minute. Reece James made it 3-0 in the 42nd minute.

Chelsea players celebrate with Mount after scoring an 8th-minute goal on Saturday.
Chelsea players celebrate with Mount after scoring an 8th-minute goal on Saturday.

In the second half, Chelsea continued their onslaught on Norwich City with Ben Chilwell’s 57th-minute strike, while Max Aarons of Norwich scored an own goal in the 62nd minute.

Things became worst for Norwich City when their player, Ben Gibson was shown the red card in the 65th minute. After the red card, Mason Mount scored his second goal in the match in the 85th and his hat-trick came in injury time.

Before the hat-trick, Mount found it difficult to find the back of the net and to provide assists for his teammates which almost made him a less regular playing in Tuchel’s squad earlier in the season.

Hence, his three goals in Chelsea’s 7-0 home win over Norwich on Saturday is seen as a confidence booster for the 22-year-old English attacking midfielder.

After the game, coach Tuchel said: “A hat-trick for Mason is huge, it’s a massive moment for him; he’s very, very proud.

“I felt him a bit lighter, plays with a bit more freedom in the last matches. This is what we need.

“He’s still had a lot of games for him at a young age.

“He’s very competitive and very serious about the goals he wants to reach. I feel him a bit lighter now.”

The coach did not stop there, he went on to describe Mount as a striker even though he is used mostly as an attacking midfielder and sometimes as a winger.

“Well as you know, we play in most games with three strikers and Mason is one of them,” said Tuchel.

“You can say he’s maybe between an eight and a 10, so not a real striker, so in that way, we really depend on him. He plays a key role.

“The wing-backs play with more freedom to help our strikers really in the last line and they feel more and more confident.

“It’s a complex game. There’s very rarely one reason why things happen like this – but we depend on Mason and we want to.

“We like his style, where he comes from, his personality and he’s a top guy. So we’re very happy for him.”

The 7-0 win over Norwich City has cemented Chelsea’s place at the top of the Premier League table with 22 points in 9 games.

Mason Mount celebrates his first hat-trick for Chelsea

Mason Mount celebrates after scoring his third goal against Norwich City on Saturday.
Mason Mount celebrates after scoring his third goal against Norwich City on Saturday.

After a slow start to the 2021-2022 season, Mason Mount used the game between Chelsea and Norwich City to prove that his form last season was not a fluke.

The 22-year-old English attacking midfielder who gained promotion to Chelsea senior team on July 1, 2019, has scored just a goal and provided an assist in 10 games this season before the Norwich game.

Hence, the hat-trick is expected to be a season changer for Mount as he continues to establish himself under coach Tuchel.

“Before the game, I put pressure on myself to get on the scoresheet, then three came around in the same game”, Mount told BT Sport.

“It’s obviously a massive moment for me. I’ll remember this one for a long time.

“I was always getting in positions to score, but I just wasn’t putting it in the back of the net…

“I thought the last one might be offside. It was my luck today, but it’s also about the team. We spoke before about being at it from the beginning, we did that today. Players came in in the absence of other players. We were on it the entire game but we never dropped our standards and kept going.

“I always want to play every game. Sometimes you’ve got to take a backward step, but in the last couple of games I’ve felt at it and ready to play. It’s a big moment for me to score three at home at Stamford Bridge.”