I was surprised to be named man of the match – Chelsea star says

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Mason Mount was named man of the match by UEFA despite playing just 45 minutes against AC Milan.

Mount had a terrific game in the 45 minutes he played, as he won the penalty and also assisted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his goal.

Graham Potter opted to sub him off at half-time to give him a well-deserved rest, after he had been booked in the first half.

Mount admitted that he was surprised to be named man of the match.

“Yes, I felt good,” said Mount.

“I got a yellow so I didn’t want to risk a sending off. The referee was giving out a lot of cards tonight. That was his [Potter’s] decision.

“I thought I played well to get the penalty and the assist for the other goal but I was surprised to be given man of the match [having only played one half].”

Mount is pleased with Chelsea’s stand so far in the group, ahead of the final two group matches, away at RB Salzburg and home to Dinamo Zagreb.

He said: “The most important thing was that we won this game. It was a huge game for us in this group to be leaders at this moment with two games left. I am really positive and it is looking good for us in this group as well.

“To come here and win it takes a lot. It doesn’t just take playing good football but you have to also be mentally strong because their fans play a big part. You have to deal with the crowd and we did that.”