Marc Cucurella returned to the starting line-up for the first time in four games when Chelsea took on Liverpool at Anfield yesterday.

In doing so, the Spaniard was part of a defence that kept a clean sheet to help earn a point from what ended a goalless draw. To put that into context, Liverpool had scored at least once in each of their previous 32 home league games. The last time a team had shut them out was back in March 2021.

‘A clean sheet is very important because it wins you confidence and because then it is more easy to win the game,’ observed Cucurella after the match.

‘We could not score but we played well together and I think this is the way, because we attack together and we defend together.

‘We created chances to maybe score one goal and win the three points but the most important is the work of the team. It is always difficult to play at Anfield but we had a lot of personality and the team worked really well.’

Lining up at left-back, Cucurella had the best view in the stadium of Mykhailo Mudryk’s debut, after Graham Potter brought the new signing on down that same flank early in the second half.

‘He is very good, very fast, and he played really good after training for one or two days,’ said the Ukrainian’s new team-mate. ‘I think the new players have a lot of energy to play for this club.’

Cucurella, signed in the summer, also spoke about the example that is the player who, when brought on as the opposite full-back to him, played his 500th Chelsea game – Cesar Azpilicueta.

‘He is a legend here and the captain of the team and he tries to help everyone and control everything. He is the sheriff, and he is really important for us.’