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What Mason Mount and Reece James Did After Fikayo Tomori Red Card



After losing to Dinamo Zagreb and drawing at home to Red Bull Salzburg in their first two group stage matches and then replacing their head coach, it seemed unlikely that Chelsea would advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League. Now, they are in first place in Group E and can guarantee themselves a spot in the next round with a win in Salzburg in two weeks.

This spectacular turnaround was accomplished by Graham Potter and his squad, who beat Serie A champions AC Milan on the road and at home. The victory over the Rosssineri last week at Stamford Bridge was significant because it demonstrated that Chelsea, despite the turmoil of recent months, was still capable of performing at the highest level.

The victory at San Siro was accomplished in a unique method. Chelsea overcame early pressure from the home team without giving up a legitimate scoring opportunity. Then, a brilliant play by one of the Blues’ players turned the tide of the game decisively in their favor and left Milan reeling.

Mason Mount was able to sprint in and pounce on a pass from Reece James that was slightly underweight. Tomori was playing center back. Referee Daniel Seibert signaled for a penalty kick after Tomori tugged twice on Mount’s shoulder. It was a daring call that the home fans found to be extremely harsh, and their anger was compounded when the defender was sent off. The red and black groups felt the same level of injustice. Seibert was surrounded by Milan players as the judgment was made, and it was a hard one. Meanwhile, Tomori was confused and demonstrated anger gestures until Mount approached him and consoled his buddy and former comrade.

Mount nodded towards James, acknowledging James’s pass, and the two academy graduates clapped quickly. It was at this point that Jorginho had grabbed possession and was ready to coolly convert a penalty kick and give the Blues a lead they desperately needed.

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