As he prepares to pick a Chelsea side for the first time, interim head coach Bruno Saltor recognises the responsibility that has come his way but whichever players he selects, he expects a committed performance against Liverpool today.
The Spaniard, who was an assistant under Graham Potter before being asked to take charge of coaching the team this week, admits he did not sleep greatly with so much to think about so soon after the news late on Sunday, but with the benefit of another night’s rest since then, he is thinking clearly about the task ahead.
‘It is not my decision, it is the club’s decision and the club has asked me to step up and be professional and that is what I am doing,’ Bruno says.
‘I feel good, it is my duty and it is a duty of responsibility. I am in a really important club and I am going to try my best.
‘All of us, we know the situation here and it is what it is and we need to focus on this game, on Liverpool, and thinking about the past and what has happened before is not going to help me now.’
It, of course, remains to be seen how the game pans out tonight at Stamford Bridge but the interim head coach does not believe any sort of improvement in the Chelsea display would be a reflection on what has gone on before.
‘The job of the players is to perform well and play their best in every single training session and every single game,’ he says. ‘Today they are going to try their best and that is what we are expecting.’
When it comes to his own personal ambition at this time, Bruno’s message is simple.
‘My ambition is to improve every day and try to show who I am and to be myself, and that is what I am going to try to do in the next few days.’