Head coach sets out mentality needed as season nears…

A successful tour of the States is complete and work at Cobham is back underway ahead of the new Premier League season, which begins in just one week’s time.

Mauricio Pochettino has plans in place both short-term and with objectives set further in the distance, and it is natural with the countdown to the famous ‘big kick-off’ now truly underway, our head coach’s words turn to our season-opener against Liverpool. His target is rapid success.

'We are in a good way; we are building something special I think,’ Pochettino reports.

‘It’s a process and we need time, but in football you cannot ask for time. You need to deliver from now. We know we are Chelsea and even if young players are involved against Liverpool, the mentality is to win.

‘We are preparing ourselves and we know it will be tough the first game, and then the next game and the next game. But we need to arrive with a good mentality.'

The arrival point is next Sunday afternoon when the Blues host Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. Preparations have gone well so far with three wins and two draws in our pre-season games and the trophy secured from the inaugural Premier League Summer Series.

'My idea and message to the players, the fans, to everyone, is that we are Chelsea and we need to win. Today, yesterday – not tomorrow,’ says Pochettino.

‘At the same time, we need to be working hard and be clever in how we are going to prepare for the next month, the next six months, for the year. We need to have a plan. We need to have a guide that says, “We need to arrive here”. If we arrive before, perfect. But if not, we still know that we are going to arrive at the destination. That is important.’