Chelsea youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori are thrilled at the thought of having to play Chelsea in the Carabao Cup fourth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Chelsea’s decision to grant Mount and Tomori permission to play for Derby County in the Carabao Cup against their parent club was met with surprise by the Chelsea duo who were expecting not to play in this game.
However, Chelsea have revealed that their decision was aimed at providing the pair with a test against elite opposition to speed further development.
Speaking to Derby’s official website , Mount said: “It is a weird feeling, we spoke about it, we didn’t think we would be able to play, but we’re looking forward to it.
“It’s a game you want to play in but it does have a weird feeling because that’s our parent club and we’re playing against them, so it’s different, but we’re definitely ready for it.”
Mount also revealed that the team will give their all to try and get the result at the Bridge.
“We were both expecting not to be able to play,” he added.
“It’s excitement, getting on the pitch, how many times we’ve played on that pitch already for the youth teams, we’ve been there before, it’s a massive game for us but the whole team’s ready.
“You saw what we did at United, that’s what we want to bring to Chelsea.”
For Fikayo Tomori, he revealed he wasn’t expecting to feature in this game, having been denied the opportunity to play against his parent club when he was on loan with Hull City.
He said: “As soon as I saw it I was just like ‘gah’, I just knew we weren’t going to be able to play and we were going to get Chelsea so when it came out, it was another game I was going to miss.”
Tomori continued: “Mason messaged me asking if I thought we’d be able to play and I said ‘I wouldn’t really hold my breath on it’ but then a couple of days ago the gaffer told us we could play. It’s excitement, to play against our parent club. It’ll be a good day.
“Last year when I was at Hull we played Chelsea in the FA Cup and they said no straight away. I thought it’d be the same this year, where you ask but they say ‘no, sorry’, so we asked the question, luckily this time they said yes.”