Mason Mount believes Chelsea have proved their steel after racking up five successive wins across all competitions.
The midfielder’s double sealed a 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday as the England international ended his goalless start to the campaign.
The result moved Chelsea into fourth spot in the Premier League. New manager Graham Potter is now unbeaten in six matches since joining from Brighton last month.
Mount said: “We know we can do better, but we stuck it out, dug in and got the win. The gaffer says a lot we have got to suffer in games sometimes. We did that.
“We know as players in the game we’re not going to have the ball for the whole game. We are playing against top opposition who are going to have the ball and have chances.
“We have got to suffer through those times. I felt like we did that in the first half. The game didn’t feel right, but the most important thing was we came through and got into half-time 1-0. Then we can take a breather, speak, and see where we could change.
“We came out second half, regrouped, changed a few things to see how we could have more possession and create chances.”
Mount scored his first goals of the season in front of England boss Gareth Southgate, who will name his World Cup squad this month.
“You never want to start the season without scoring for that long, but it happened to me last season, so I know how to deal with it,” the 23-year-old told the club’s official website.
“I don’t want it to happen, but it doesn’t bother me too much. I’m mentally strong, I stuck at it, and eventually in my head I’m thinking they’re going to come.”
Chelsea will return to Premier League action on Wednesday night against Brentford. Three days later, Potter’s men will welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues currently sit three points above the Red Devils in the table, and four behind title rivals Manchester City and Tottenham. Chelsea have played one game less and could close that gap with back-to-back victories this week.
Potter’s side will also have one eye on the Champions League. The Blues have climbed to the top of their group with consecutive wins over AC Milan. Chelsea will be looking to stay there when they travel to Salzburg next Tuesday.
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