Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel instructed his aspect to search out Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool within the struggle for the Premier League title after cruising previous Crystal Palace 3-0 to open their marketing campaign on Saturday.
The European champions added the UEFA Super Cup in midweek to their Champions League win final season in Tuchel’s first few months in cost.
Premier League success is the subsequent problem for the German and the Blues confirmed why they’re thought of second favourites to defending champions City towards Palace.
Without document signing Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea had been nonetheless not often troubled as first-half objectives from Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic gave them a commanding lead earlier than Trevoh Chalobah rounded off a dream Premier League debut along with his aspect’s third objective.
“I think we have to hunt the others from day one. This is what we want to do, this is our mentality and we are never shy to fight for the best outcome possible, but the reality is we are not the favourites right now,” mentioned Tuchel, whose aspect completed fourth within the Premier League final season.
“I see ourselves as number four last year so we cannot be favourites. We just have to close the gap to number three, number two and number one so this is what we’re trying to do.”
Chelsea had been compelled to extra-time and penalties earlier than seeing off Villarreal within the Super Cup in Belfast in midweek.
But there was little signal of fatigue regardless of a truncated pre-season for plenty of Tuchel’s key gamers as a consequence of their participation in worldwide competitions over the summer season.
“We want to set our standards as high as possible and always strive to be at that level,” added Tuchel.
“We did very effectively at the moment however it’s only a begin and we have to construct on this. It was an enormous staff effort, each defensively and offensively, and I’m very pleased with what we did at the moment.
“We pushed some players over the limit physically, especially after playing 120 minutes in midweek, but it was a very good game from us from start to finish.”
For all of the progress made below Tuchel, Saturday’s victory was solely the second time Chelsea have scored greater than twice within the Premier League since he took cost.
Lukaku’s signing has been made with the intention of ending the Blues’ wastefulness in entrance of objective and Tuchel desires his aspect to be extra medical.
“We are well aware of our situation that it was hard for us to convert all the chances that we created last season,” he added.
“It needs to be sufficient to attain extra so we attempt to assist with the addition of Romelu to our squad. In the Premier League, it should keep tremendous exhausting to attain so we’re very joyful to have three objectives at the moment. We did it with no penalty from Jorginho which is kind of spectacular for us!
“We can still improve in the final third. We have to get a bit calmer and a bit more clinical still so we will not stop pushing and looking for solutions.”