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Rio Ferdinand alerts Chelsea stars to Mason Mount trick they’ve yet to notice

Rio Ferdinand has revealed something about Mason Mount that his Chelsea pals are yet to pick up on.

It comes after another stellar display from the England international where he grabbed his first Champions League goal.

The Blues came through the first-leg of their Porto encounter with two vital away goals in a 2-0 victory in Sevilla.

Mount scored the first while Ben Chilwell netted late on to make sure of the result.

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It puts Chelsea in a strong position going into the second leg next week.

However, Thomas Tuchel’s side were not fully in control and the Dragons had more than enough chances to break the deadlock.

Mason Mount scored the opener against Porto

So when Mount put the visitors ahead it was a huge sigh of relief – and he did so in fine fashion.

Receiving a pass from Jorginho, the 22-year-old spun the Porto defender with a brilliant touch before clinically finishing in the bottom corner.

And Manchester United legend Ferdinand was full of praise after the match in the BT Studio.

“He’s a manager’s dream,” he said.

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“Not only does he have this natural ability and he effects the game in the final third, the imagination to take that on his back foot on the blindside of the defender then the ability to finish.

“Not only has he got all of that, he’s a manager’s dream because he does the tactics to a tee off the ball.

Mason Mount has been praised for his display against Porto by Rio Ferdinand

“In that difficult spell just before they changed the manager, when nobody was playing well, he stood up, so he’s a leader as well.”

However, the former defender also mentioned that Mount could get a lot better – if his team-mates spotted the runs he makes.

Ferdinand added: “What I like about him is his movement off the ball to get on the ball.

“I think once the other players start realising he actually makes movements to get beyond the defenders on the other team and start playing that ball, a little bit longer than a 10-yard to feet, he’ll get more opportunities at goal.

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“He made runs today that nobody had seen and he was in if they played the ball forward.”

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