Mason Mount urges Chelsea teammates to ‘step up’ after West Ham defeat

Mount has admitted Chelsea experienced a ‘tough week’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Mason Mount insists Chelsea must ‘react’ after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat away to West Ham, which has seen them drop down to third in the Premier League.

The Blues were knocked off top spot in the wake of their loss at the London Stadium, with Manchester City and Liverpool both winning over the weekend to go above them.

With Thomas Tuchel’s side leading in east London, Jorginho’s loose pass back to Edouard Mendy was not dealt with by the goalkeeper, who eventually brought down Jarrod Bowen in the box to give away a penalty.

The midfielder scored a superb volley, but it counted for nothing (Picture: Getty Images)

After Lanzini converted the spot-kick, Mount got his team back in front with a sweet side-footed volley on the stroke of half-time.

However, a powerful strike from Jarrod Bowen and a bizarre late goal from Arthur Masuaku, which floated over Mendy’s head, sealed a dramatic win for the Hammers.

The result came days after the Blues won away at Watford despite a sub-par performance, and Mount wants his teammates to ‘step up’.

‘It’s been a tough week,’ Mount told Chelsea’s website. ‘The Watford game was a win but it could have gone either way and we scraped it really and now this one is a defeat.

‘As the gaffer said, maybe it’s a bump in the road but the players in the team need to step up and come strong in the next game. We must react from this performance because we need to get back to winning ways.’

‘Our philosophy is to play so we always try to do that but sometimes the ball does have to go [be kicked long],’ he added.

‘Over the past couple of games we’ve started to make mistakes which we haven’t really made in the past. We’re a team that doesn’t give away many chances but here we’ve conceded three and that’s something we need to look at.’

On his sublime volley, he said: ‘I haven’t seen it back but it doesn’t really mean anything.

‘We play for three points and we want to still be at the top of the league pushing but we’ve come away with nothing today.’

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