Chelsea full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell have both expressed their excitement to get to work under incoming Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino, with the duo eager to improve on last season’s showing.

The Blues failed to qualify for European competition following a disappointing 12th place finish in the Premier League, with Frank Lampard taking control of the final few weeks of the season following the departure of Graham Potter.

It was announced recently that former PSG head coach Pochettino will take over at Chelsea next month ahead of the new season, with England internationals James and Chilwell keen to work under the Argentine.

‘There’s no denying that last season wasn’t the best for us and we didn’t finish well,’ James said while enjoying the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.

‘We had a lot of injuries and there was a lot of change at the club but on the pitch, we didn’t achieve what we wanted to and it was a tough year. Hopefully next season will be better.

‘I’m looking forward to working with him [Pochettino]. Everyone says he’s a great manager and hopefully next season we can find our feet early and be a good, strong side like we know we can be.’

Chilwell was also attending the F1 in Spain this week and echoed the thoughts of his Chelsea team-mate.

‘The aim is to get back to where we know we should be,’ added Chilly.

‘We’ve got a big pre-season coming up that we’re all looking forward to, we’ve got a new manager coming in and it’s up to us as players to go out there and make sure next season is a good one for the club.

‘I’m really excited to work with Pochettino. I’ve spoken to a few players who have worked with him before and they’ve all said good things about him and highlighted how he’s such a good manager.’