Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with the fighting spirit his team showed to get the three points in a dramatic win over Brighton, as well as Enzo Fernandez's first Premier League goals.
Mauricio Pochettino saw his Chelsea side emerge with a hard-fought victory from another dramatic match, this time standing strong with 10 men to hold off a late Brighton onslaught for a 3-2 win.
It was far from straightforward after taking a two-goal lead through Enzo Fernandez and Levi Colwill headers, as the Seagulls pulled one back and Conor Gallagher was sent off for two bookings before half-time.
However, we added a third via an Enzo penalty and defended valiantly in the final minutes after Brighton got their second at the start of added time.
Pochettino welcomed the necessity to dig in and fight for the win, though, feeling the spirit and togetherness on display will play an important part in building the team moving forward.
'We are a young team with young players and we need to improve,' he said. 'We need to learn that the Premier League is the best league and we have many players that need to believe and feel that they play in the Premier League. During this period, after Newcastle when we didn’t show our true selves, we wanted to play well, we wanted to show that we care and win the game.
'The team was really good, I feel very proud because Newcastle was tough and then again Brighton is always difficult to play and in the first 25 minutes we scored twice and were controlling the game. We were a little bit flat when we conceded at the end of the first half and then Gallagher was sent off. It wasn’t a red card, but that is my opinion, maybe I am wrong.
'I am so proud of the players and the character they showed. I told them at half-time I was happy because it was a great opportunity for us, a massive challenge. We needed to show that we are a team. That is something that for sure will improve us.
'It’s not only about building the way you want to play and the philosophy on the pitch. Before that you need to feel that you belong to the team, you need to belong to the club, you need to settle yourself, you need to grow, you need to get experience. There are many things before you can talk about going and playing out from back, or playing with three or four offensive players, or three or four at the back. That is coming after.
'Most importantly, I think we needed this type of game that challenged us and the opportunity to understand that we need to be a team and behave like a team out there. I am pleased for that and of course we are going to improve because we have very talented players.'
Pochettino believes it was another example of why the Premier League is the most exciting football around...
'I am so tired, it was so emotional, but we needed to get the three points and we got the three points. That is entertainment, that is football. People love to see that. In the last few games we were involved in two very good games, that is why the Premier League is the best league in the world and why we all want to be here, because it is entertaining.
'Of course, I want to score 10 goals and concede zero, but if you want to be an offensive team sometimes it means taking risks and you concede chances and sometimes goals. It’s about winning.'
Our head coach was also pleased to see some different names on the scoresheet, as Enzo got his first Premier League goals and Colwill opened his Chelsea account...
'It's important that different players can score. For Enzo, it was his first and second goal in the Premier League. We are always talking about confidence, it is important that they are building that confidence.
'Players always need six months or one season to start to show their real quality, why is it going to be different at Chelsea? I’m so happy that different players could score goals, to help the team.'