Chelsea feel like a proper club now, according to midfield star Mason Mount.
“Even before the [Palace] game we were looking at the Under-18s score against Tottenham, we were all talking about it and they were 4-0 up after 20-something minutes,” Mount told chelseafc.com.
“We’re focused on our game, but we’re looking at all the Academy boys and what they’re doing because we were there not that long ago.
“We always stay in contact with everyone and it feels like a proper club. We’re so close together, all the boys in the Academy and our young players in the first team, it’s really solid.”
“At the beginning of the season we knew what we had in the squad,” Mount added. “We knew the quality and that the young players would be coming through and trying to make the step up to be big players in the team.
“We knew we had the quality, so we always set goals of being up near the top of the table. That was always our target. We’re doing very well at the moment, getting that momentum going, and that’s all you can ask for really.
“It means so much to us young boys to come through and have the belief and support from all the fans.
“We give all we have to win the games and to be playing well, because we want to win games for the fans. To have them behind us gives us that extra boost in games, to keep going. We all have so much passion for the game and to play for Chelsea. We’ve been through the Academy, we know what it’s like to step up and have that passion throughout and that drive to want to play for the badge.”