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‘Chelsea players need to help Mount score more’

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Rio Ferdinand believes Mason Mount is capable of scoring more goals but his teammates will have a part to play in that.

Mason Mount has the potential to score more goals if his teammates can take advantage of his brilliant movement, says Rio Ferdinand.

A moment of brilliance from the 22-year-old could not have come at a better time for Chelsea in Seville.

Porto had piled on the pressure in the first half an hour of the game before Mount gave Chelsea the lead, out of next to nothing. It was his 11th goal of the campaign and his best scoring season for the Blues so far. Chilwell added another late on to give the Blues a commanding 2-0 lead ahead of the second leg.

Ferdinand highlighted how one immaculate touch from the England international pretty much created that goal.

“It’s beautiful, it brought [the ball] straight into his path” Ferdinand said of Mount’s first touch before his goal during BT Sport’s post-match coverage.

“And it was one touch-to-shoot straight away.”

However, Ferdinand also said that he spotted several other runs from Mount that got ignored by his teammates.

“What I like about him [Mount] is his movements off the ball to get on the ball,” he explained.

“Once the other players start realising that he actually makes movements to get beyond the [opposition] defenders and start playing the ball a little bit longer than a 10-yard [pass] to feet, he will get more opportunity [to score].

“Because he made runs that no one saw, and he [would have been] in if they had played the ball forward.”

In similar fashion, Thomas Tuchel was also full of praises for Mason Mount.