‘But we are blessed, the attacking players we have signed are all exceptionally talented and can win you a game. So we have got that, it is starting to gel together nicely now, and that is promising for the years ahead, because it is a young squad and it is very exciting.’
The new arrivals here for 2020/21, Chilwell included, have added quantity as well as quality, and the England international feels that level of competition for places is essential to keeping performance high at a club like Chelsea, even if it requires the right attitude from the squad to put the team first.
‘There is obviously competition for places at a club like Chelsea. When you play at a top club like Chelsea that is what you are going to have to expect. You can take it one of two ways – you can either just accept that someone else is playing ahead of you, and maybe not really care too much – or you can train hard and give everything in training, ask the manager questions about where you can improve your play.
‘I did all of that, and when you get the opportunity to play, you make sure you play well and give the manager a headache for the next game about whether to keep you in. But I had it at Leicester with Christian Fuchs for a number of years, so that has put me in good stead for when it happens again in my career. It is important to have that competition for places because it brings out the best in everyone.’