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Chelsea star fires ominous Liverpool, Man City warning as ‘opportunity’ looms

Jonny Whitfield
Mason Mount with Chelsea team-mate Timo Werner

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has warned that his side still have improvements to make amid a strong return to form in the Premier League and Champions League.

The Blues enjoyed a solid start to the season, winning seven and drawing one of their first eight games. Indeed, that run came following the UEFA Super Cup triumph over Villarreal.

However, successive defeats to Manchester City and Juventus threw Thomas Tuchel’s men off course.

Nevertheless, wins over Southampton, Brentford and Malmo – the latter in Wednesday’s Champions League clash – have got Chelsea back on track.

Their Premier League form, consisting of only one draw and one defeat so far, sees them sit top. Chelsea are one point ahead of Liverpool and two ahead of Manchester City.

What’s more, they face a favourable run of games against Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley.

While Mount has insisted that no game in the Premier League is easy, he welcomed the “opportunity” ahead.

Yeah, I think it’s obviously an opportunity but I think if you look at the games coming up they’re going to be just as tough as what we’ve had already this season,” the England international told Football London.

“They’re teams that fight and give everything. Every game is a tough game.

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“If you look at how we’ve played and where we are in the league at the moment it’s a massive positive. I don’t think we’ve hit the heights of where we could be.

“We’ve still got another gear to go and we’re working hard on that. Hopefully over the next couple of games we can get the three points and still be high up in the league.”

A Carabao Cup tie against Southampton and the reverse fixture against Malmo also feature in Chelsea’s next block of games.

Mount set for new Chelsea contract

Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea

In other news, Mount is reportedly in line to earn a new Chelsea contract following his recent rise.

He followed Frank Lampard back to Stamford Bridge from Derby in the summer of 2019 and has not looked back.

Indeed, he now forms a key part of Tuchel’s plans and has a key role with England.

As such, Chelsea want to make him one of the best-paid players at the club.

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