Mason Mount says Chelsea are quietly confident of their ability to go all the way and win the Champions League, just as they did in 2021.
The Blues have endured a mixed start to the campaign featuring a massive summer spend and a change of manager. Indeed, part-owner Todd Boehly sanctioned a host of signings, but Thomas Tuchel did not get much time with them.
Boehly sacked Tuchel and brought in Potter, who has nevertheless adapted seamlessly to life at Stamford Bridge.
After a 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg in his opening game, the Chelsea boss has orchestrated four wins in a row. And on Tuesday, they kept a third clean sheet in a row, the second in a week against AC Milan.
Those two wins over the Serie A champions have got Chelsea back on track in Europe. Mount has therefore insisted that his side know full well how far they can go, even if they have not yet fully convinced everyone.
“We want to go all the way to the end,” the England international told the Evening Standard. “That’s always our goal. I feel with our squad that we can do that.
“We have a lot of confidence in that but we are also humble. Maybe we are not the favourites but that was the same when we won it.
“We just keep going and try to keep giving everything when we have the opportunity to play. That’s what our focus is on.”
Mason Mount surprised at MOTM display
Mount put in a Man of the Match display in Milan on Tuesday to move Chelsea top of Group E with two games left.
He won the penalty which forced ex-Chelsea man Fikayo Tomori off the pitch with a red card – and which Jorginho converted. The 23-year-old then assisted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for 2-0.
But, Potter brought him off at half time following his yellow card for his involvement in the penalty situation.
And Mount admitted that he did not expect to receive the Man of the Match award from UEFA.
“Yes, I felt good,” the midfielder said. “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].
“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.”
Chelsea quietly motoring on well
Potter is quietly impressing at Chelsea, not making any particular headlines but grinding out wins in solid style.
As well as the two Champions League wins over Milan, the former Brighton boss has guided his new team to two successive Premier League triumphs.
Chelsea are winning in different ways, too. They dominated both ties with Milan, but won ugly with Conor Gallagher’s late winner.
But, Potter now faces another defining period in which he will definitely be able to make headlines.
Successive away matches against Aston Villa and Brentford await, before Chelsea play Manchester United, Brighton and Arsenal.
In between, they complete their Champions League group stage campaign with matches against Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb.
The clash with Salzburg is a chance for Potter to demonstrate his progress since his first game in charge. And Zagreb were the team to whom Chelsea lost to spring Tuchel’s sacking.