Chelsea star Mason Mount says Blues boss Frank Lampard had a motivational message for his players after they knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup


Frank Lampard told his Chelsea players to focus on the 'two massive finals' before they return to Wembley to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
That's according to Mason Mount, who netted the Blues' second goal in a 3-1 semi-final win over Manchester United thanks to a goalkeeping howler from David De Gea.
Chelsea are battling it out for a Champions League qualification place with just two Premier League games to go.

They currently sit third but must secure wins against Liverpool and Wolves to be absolutely sure of their place at European football's top table next season.

And Mount said Lampard told them after the final whistle that they have 'two massive finals before we play here again.

The Blues boss also denied asking his Chelsea players to target De Gea following his error for Giroud’s goal but the 42-year-old has admitted that he wanted Mount to shoot with more power.

Asked if he specifically instructed to target De Gea because of his inconsistent form for United, Lampard said: "It wasn’t because I’ve got huge respect for him as a goalkeeper.

"I know people will always hone in on goalkeepers when they make those errors because they’re critical of them.


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has put a lot of trust in Mason Mount this season

"But all I did say to Mason [Mount] at half-time is that I want to see him strike through balls more.

"He had a shot in the first-half he tried to whip or bend it, and for me when you’re outside the box against top keepers, and De Gea is a top keeper, you have to strike through them.

"Of course he didn’t catch it brilliantly and it goes in, probably down as a mistake but it’s more that my job is to worry about my players. ‘With Mason I just wanted him to shoot more. ‘Fortunately three minutes after I said it, he did score."

Meanwhile, former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole praised Mount following his side's 3-1 win over Man Utd.

Speaking on BBC Sport, Cole said: "He wants to listen, if you want to criticise him he understands it. He's willing to learn.

"He should be around the England team. In the England team they've got a lot of youth, and what he brings is so much energy."

Phil Neville added: "I put Mount in that bracket with Grealish and Maddison and I personally think he is the best out of the three."

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