Mason Mount was named the Man of the Match against AC Milan after another impressive performance, despite being on the pitch for 45 minutes.
The 23-year-old was involved in Chelsea goals on the night, notably, the incident that resulted in the sending off of former Chelsea academy graduate and AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori.
The referee gave Fikayo Tomori a direct red card after he pulled back Mason Mount after Reece James put him through on goal. The referee awarded Chelsea a penalty, which was converted by Jorginho.
However, Mason Mount feels the Penalty should have been awarded, but the referee should not have given Fikayo Tomori a direct red card.
What did Mason Mount say on the Penalty incident and Tomori Red Card?
The Chelsea midfielder told the Chelsea media via Chelsea.com: “He’s obviously my mate. I’ve known Fik for a very long time and I felt for him in that situation. I was gutted for him. I don’t think it was a sending-off. Was it a penalty? Maybe yes. I’m an honest player and I want to try to score a goal. He pulled me back a little bit, but I feel for him for that decision. It’s a tough one.
“I felt him trying to pull me back, but I was running to the goal so I wasn’t going to go down and I felt like I could still have an opportunity to score. So I carried on going, didn’t score, and then obviously the ref blew up and gave a pen straight away. I was probably a bit surprised at the time because I’ve still gone through and had a shot.
“It was hard to see him get sent off. You still want to be playing 11 v 11 and going at it with two good teams, so it maybe ruined the game a bit. It was massive for us and we obviously wanted to win the game, which we did, but I still feel for Fik a lot.”
On being sub off after the break and replaced by Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount added: “I got a yellow and the manager didn’t want to risk a sending off as the ref was giving out a lot of cards. That was his decision at half-time.
“I thought I played well, to be involved in the pen and the assist for the other goal. I was surprised at the end when I was given the Man of the Match, but the most important thing was that we won the game. It was a huge goal for us in this group to become the leaders at this moment and we’ve got two big games left. So it’s really positive, and it’s looking good for us in the group.
“I feel good. I’m enjoying it and we’re playing well and scoring goals, so that’s the most important thing. Hopefully, next, I get a goal because it’s been coming but I just haven’t finished it yet. But I’ll take the assists, setting them up for my teammates and I’m very happy for them today.
“The manager has spoken to me about trying to get in the box and also connecting the midfield to the strikers and being able to move and be free and get assists and then get goals. It’s been happening for me over the last couple of games and I want more. I want to continue doing that and hopefully, that will happen in the next few games, too.”