Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he decided to give the team’s captain armband to Mason Mount because of his authority among the players.
for the first time againstLuton Town
in the fourth round of the FA Cup back in January.
Sadly, that was
’s last game as Chelsea manager. The club legend was sacked a day after the FA cup win against Luton Town, and
was appointed to replace him immediately.
Lampard said that he made Mount Chelsea’s captain because he could lead the team.
"A nice feeling when I left Chelsea in my last game was that I made Mason captain,"
the Chelsea icon said at a Q&A at the Willow Foundation ahead of the London Football Awards
"It wasn't a gesture because I didn't know I was leaving! But it was about his authority and standing in the group that had risen. He needed to see that and understand that. He needs to rise up.
"The minute I gave him the armband, I saw the look on his face and what it meant to him. That's something you get when you bring through academy players and fans love it. They have been fighting with desire since they were eight years old. That's tangible and something that's important.
"You won't always see it at 20 because they might have dips in confidence or moments in games that come. But when you have players who have that care, then it doesn't matter who the manager is. The desire they have themselves will carry though because they work so hard.