Mason Mount lived out his childhood dreams on Saturday as the Chelsea academy product played in a Champions League final victory, then delivered a wonderfully eloquent and humble post-match interview.
The 22-year-old set up the only goal of the game against Manchester City as his perfectly placed through-ball found Kai Havertz, who rounded Ederson to slot home before half-time.
But it was after full-time that Mount explained exactly what the success meant to him, as he reflected on the pain of previous defeats while also sending an incredibly classy message to Man City.
"I can't put it into words, it's impossible," said Mount on BT Sport as he struggled to contain his emotions.
"I've played in two finals for Chels and we lost them both, FA Cups, so the way that hurt after the game, I've dreamt as a kid of making the final and winning a trophy. That's what I'm all about, that's what this club is all about, I know it in and out.
"I've been here as a kid, and now, to go all the way in the Champions League. We've played some tough teams and now we're in a final and we won. At this moment in time, we're the best team in the world, so you can't take that away from us."
Mount admitted that he "burst into tears" when his father came on to the pitch to give him a hug during the celebrations, but was also keen to pay tribute to Chelsea's backroom team.
"It's not just the players, we have staff here, [academy coach] Joe Edwards, loads of staff have come through and our players, what it means to us. It's unbelievable," he said.
"My dad just came down from the stands and I burst into tears when I saw him. It's a long, long journey to get to this moment here, I thank my family for everything, they've given me everything and now I've got the rewards."
the voice crack :tired_face::tired_face::tired_face: https://t.co/d9a44x5xdP- Ciarán (@ckllwyd) May 29, 2021
Remarkable that he can be that articulate, that empathetic, that cogent while still buzzing from the win. Amazing from a 22-year-old. Special player and thrilled for him. https://t.co/nSxdPcB49L- John Putney (@putneyjk) May 29, 2021
Hard to dislike the kid. Top player. :ok_hand: https://t.co/I1JmTToFPT- Bollins (@BigBoll1983) May 29, 2021
Speaking about Pep Guardiola's side, the Premier League champions that Chelsea beat on the night - scoring their third win in three matches since April - Mount praised the quality of his opponents.
"City, what a team they are. You can see what they've done in the Premier League, they've very hard to play against," he said. "You don't know what you're going to get, it's a tough, tough game.
"We get one goal on the break, kind of, and we're defending the whole game. We're giving it our lives, blocks on the line, everything - and we win, so I don't know what to say."
On the contrary, Mason: you knew exactly what to say and you said it perfectly.
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