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Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has paid an emotional tribute to Frank Lampard following his dismissal as head of the Blues.
When the Blues began life under new boss Thomas Tuchel, Mount paid a warm tribute to Lampard. The former coach took him on loan to the Derby, handed him his Chelsea debut and named him captain for his last game in charge.
Some fans even called Mount ‘the teacher’s pet’, such was the faith that Lampard showed in him.
And Mount admitted: “It has been very important to me. He brought me to the Derby, gave me playing time and I learned a lot from him before coming back to Chelsea and continuing my learning.
“I have nothing but praise and gratitude for everything he has given me as a player on and off the court. I’ve definitely grown as a player too, so obviously he means a lot to me.
“It is a difficult moment for the club. I’ve been here for a long time and seen the managers depart from afar while I’m at the academy, but when you’re in the first team building and it happens, it’s a different feeling.
“It’s something our younger players haven’t experienced before, but we talked to players like Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) and Petr Cech, who have been through it, and we try to get some experience from them on how to deal with it. “
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Mount facing forward with Tuchel
However, Mount knows that he and his teammates must submit to Tuchel if they want to get the season back on track.
“We have to put things in the back of our heads and look forward,” the 22-year-old English international told the club’s website.
“As players, as a team and as a club, we have to stick together and hopefully win again because that’s what this club is all about.
“It’s a difficult time, but that’s when the strong characters within the group come out and lead us in the right direction. We have to be strong because massive matches are coming and we have to attack them. “
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