Chelsea star Mason Mount reveals Cristiano Ronaldo motivation ahead of Man Utd clash (Image: GETTY)Chelsea take on United at Old Trafford on the opening day of their seasons with Frank Lampard set to take charge of his first competitive match as Blues boss.Mount has been included in the starting lineup to face Manchester United, who Ronaldo spent six seasons with.
Mount was on loan at Derby last season under Lampard, who left the Rams to join Chelsea on a three-year deal earlier this summer.And the 20-year-old has spoken of his admiration for Ronaldo ahead of the game - by reminiscing over a free-kick the Portuguese superstar score against Portsmouth in 2008. Related articles
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“I went as a Portsmouth fan and we lost the game.“I remember watching Cristiano Ronaldo and he scored this unbelievable free-kick – it was one of the best goals I’ve ever seen live.“It was great for me to watch him as one of the best players in the world and that really motivated me as a young boy.
Chelsea star Mason Mount reveals Cristiano Ronaldo motivation ahead of Man Utd clash (Image: GETTY)“I remember going to training the next couple of days and trying to recreate the free-kick.“I was only young so I couldn’t really kick it that far, but when you watch something like that then you want to add it into your own game.
“It motivates you to practise and try to replicate it in a game situation.”Mount was brilliant for Chelsea during their pre-season exploits, scoring three goals across their flurry of games. Related articles
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Chelsea star Mason Mount reveals Cristiano Ronaldo motivation ahead of Man Utd clash (Image: GETTY)Lampard and Mount won at Old Trafford last season for Derby in the League Cup, something which the youngster looks back on fondly.
.“I’ve got some unbelievable memories from that day and that game,” he added.“It was early in the season and we went there as the underdogs, but I felt like we had more freedom and less pressure.”..