Chelsea’s most recent competitive outings were among the low points of the 2019/20 season, defeat in the FA Cup final followed by a loss in Munich that ultimately went down as a 7-1 aggregate reverse. Mount feels the two legs against the eventual European champions demonstrated the work Chelsea need to do in order to bridge the gap.
‘The Champions League is on another level,’ he explains. ‘The games feel different. Bayern have some unbelievable world-class players like [Robert] Lewandowski, [Joshua] Kimmich and Thiago [Alcantara] in midfield – I just couldn’t get near him!
‘They moved the ball around the team so quickly. When you’re up against players like that you’re thinking, “How are we going to stop this?” It was a big moment, it opened my eyes. It made me realise, “This is the next level, this is where you need to be.” I’m determined to work hard to reach that level.’