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Mason Mount, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have been Frank Lampard’s trio for most part of the season, and Jorginho and Kovacic have been receiving plaudits for their partnership recently.
Mason Mount has also been very impressive this season, and for a 20-year-old who was just playing Championship football last season, it has been a massive rise for Mount.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard coached Mount last season at Derby County, and he has now admitted that the 20-year-old midfielder has surpassed his expectations now at Chelsea.
“I am really proud of him,” said the boss in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Ajax game.
“Last season at Derby, I saw first-hand his quality and also his character. Maybe he has exceeded my expectations this season because I wanted him here for sure, I thought he would get minutes and be good for us.
“I did not realise to quite what level he would settle and produce, so that is all a great story and the next story is up to him. I believe in him, he has to keep working to improve all the time.”
Meanwhile, Mount has hailed the impact of Lampard on his career since last season at Derby.
“He’s been a massive influence for me,” Mount said. “Working under him last season, knowing how he likes to work and how he likes to play, that’s probably given me and Fikayo [Tomori, who was also on loan at Derby last season] that advantage coming back to Chelsea.
“He’s been brilliant, I’m learning off him every day trying to perfect my attacking and defending and there’s no better person for me to work under.”