Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount has risked upsetting Blues fans by singling out London rivals Tottenham for praise when talking about how clubs have decorated the stands with messages in the absence of crowds.
Mount was given the nod to start ahead of Jack Grealish for England’s Nations League clash against Belgium on Sunday.
However, the midfielder repaid Gareth Southgate’s faith by scoring the winning goal in the 2-1 win, although he was aided by a big deflection from the boot of Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld.
Before going away with England on international duty, the midfielder gave an interview to Chelsea’s official website about the experience of playing behind closed doors.
When asked what he made of the Blues’ coverings around the stadium, he surprisingly singled out the Lilywhites for what they had done with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 21-year-old said: “I think ours is up there as one of the best. I think it is really good what clubs have done with covering all the seats up with messages on there, that we’re missing the fans.
“I saw Tottenham’s one was something like we can’t smile without you, as in the fans, which is obviously a good message – that it is not the same. So every club has done well with that, sending messages across.”
As Spurs fans will be aware, ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ is a song which was adapted by Tottenham and has become something of an unofficial anthem for the club over the years.
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