Mauricio Pochettino had the satisfaction of speaking after a second consecutive Chelsea win and the head coach reserved particular praise for our two goalscorers in the 2-0 success at Fulham.
Mykhailo Mudryk put us ahead with his first strike in Chelsea blue and that goal was very swiftly followed by another, Armando Broja finding the net during his first start in almost a year.
The Blues were good value for the win with the intensity of our press and slick interplay proving too hot for Fulham to handle in those early stages.
‘We got what we deserved,’ Pochettino said afterwards.
‘The first half we were much better than Fulham. The second half we were in control.
‘I’m so happy because the players needed this victory and so did the fans. We now have two victories in less than one week. We needed to feel the taste of victory, and another clean sheet also.
‘Now we have won two games we need to keep calm and keep building the belief and the confidence. We have had many negative circumstances with so many players not fit, but the most important thing is belief and the team believe in what we are doing.’
There was plenty of narrative behind both goalscorers…
‘For Mischa he scored his first goal in the Premier League, and for Armando after a long period out he scored again. I’m so happy for them, they deserve it.
‘We need to understand that young people need time and need to settle. It’s about adaptation. It’s a big change when Mudryk arrived here and when you arrive at a team, it’s not easy to settle in a team that isn’t solid. He wasn’t the cherry on the cake, they needed to add something to the team.
‘It’s about time, having patience, trusting these young talented players, building confidence. It’s a big job, step by step. Sometimes people don’t have the patience but for us it’s about having the patience. Even when we weren’t winning, we were calm, stayed positive, had the belief.’
Mudryk was withdrawn at half-time and Pochettino provided an update on his injury...
‘He felt something in his quad which we need to assess. He didn’t feel comfortable to keep playing. We hope it’s not a big issue, we hope it’s nothing big and he can be available for Saturday.’
Moises Caicedo hobbled off in stoppage time...
‘It was a contusion. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, he was tired and we will see.’