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Mason Mount: ‘We want to be pushing for number one and we can’t start like that’

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Consistent excellence

Everton v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Mount wants to bring Old Guard accountability to the new Chelsea, and that does not include tamely losing 1-0 to Everton at Goodison Park. That’s not to say that those famous Chelsea sides of yore won every game, but more often than not, they showed up in the big games, on the big occasions, and got the big results.

When that didn’t happen, the team learned from their mistakes and followed up quickly with a win. Winning is a habit, and a state of mind.

“We know we didn’t start well enough, we didn’t start like we have been playing recently and then we got punished. [...] These things happen sometimes, but we want to be pushing for number one and we can’t start like that. We know that.

“We have to look at where we went wrong and really try to correct it for the next game because the games come thick and fast and it’s another away game so we need to ready for that.”

-Mason Mount; Source: Chelsea FC

It’s a tough but fair assessment of Chelsea’s performance — our first loss in 90 minutes in almost three months — which may not have cost us greatly in the table just yet thanks to Spurs and Liverpool also dropping points, but it underlined the notion that we are very much a work in progress still.

Case in point, from 2001 through 2010 we lost just once at Goodison, and sacked the manager straight after — since then, two of our three wins at Everton’s home ground came in our two Premier League-winning seasons. If we are to reach that pinnacle again, to be number one in the country, we’re going to have to do a lot better than Saturday.

An immediate reaction is required tonight.