It's always nice to hear from all members of our squad rather than the main established players such as JT, Lamps, Cech and Didier. Don&...

It's always nice to hear from all members of our squad rather than the main established players such as JT, Lamps, Cech and Didier. Don't get me wrong, it's important that these four have their say during pre season and the season, but at times it's nice to hear from the others.

Today I get to blog about comments made by Branislav Ivanovic, John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou. Each of them speak about different things starting with Ivanovic who reveals what he thinks of our progress so far this pre season. He said:
“It is important in these kind of games to see things that are developing. It is very important to keep going with a good defensive line but at the same time we are looking for good play as well, and I think it is going to be fine for the start of the season. It is good that everyone is working hard.
I have said it before on here about what pre season means so I don't want to go over it again, but the message is clear from everyone we have heard from. They are working hard with double sessions to get used to AVB's methods and to get as fit as possible before the start of the season. The initial worry about how the established players would take to the new manager seems to be a distant memory as each and every one of those players are playing for their Chelsea futures and it's good to see.

Next we move onto John Obi Mikel and he has spoken of the coming season and he believes this season will be the hardest the club have ever had to face. He said:
"It will be tough to win a trophy this year, I think this will be the toughest season Chelsea will have. Everywhere teams are spending money or getting better. But Chelsea are tough, too.
We know we need to improve but the most important thing is that we know we can improve. We should not be afraid."

I have to say and this is just me being honest, I can't see anyone challenging us and United again this season. I can't see Arsenal improving on last season especially if the lose Fabregas after losing Clichy. Yes City have spent money but Carlo Tevez is a big big miss for them this season. Aguero has come into the Premier League but £200k per week for an unproven striker in England is a big gamble and it will take time for him to settle. City are still two or three players away from winning the league.

Liverpool have spent silly money again and I don't see them breaking into the top four again and will fight for fifth with Spurs once again.

Of course it's going to be difficult, but I really do believe in our squad. Just look at our run once the new boys came in during the window in January and we had our players back from injury. We are still strong, and with our new manager will be motivated and hungry too. I honestly believe we ARE the team to beat this season.

What has been encouraging for me is the fact that AVB spoke of the four trophies we are competing for this season each being important. Remember when we won the League Cup for the first time under Jose? It was hailed as the first important success for the squad and re-iterated the winning mentality he had given the players. I feel as though AVB will chase the League Cup again this season.

Following up on this , I finish up with Salomon Kalou. He believes that Chelsea are hungry for success this season and believes we are going to have a good season. He said:
“I like to have a challenge, it is part of the game and when you play in a big club like Chelsea, of course, we will get challenged, Everybody has to fight to play and I am ready to fight.

The new manager has been very good, it is just the beginning. We have been training very hard and I and my colleagues will give everything to ensure we have a great season.

It’s going to be really competitive and we are looking to win back the Premier League, the FA Cup and possibly win the Champions League for the first time. It won’t be easy, but we know we have the team and players to go back and win the trophy so we are confident about it.

This season will be a great season for Chelsea, because this will maybe be the last opportunity for us to win the Champions League or to win more prizes together.

The desire and hunger is still there. We have good professionals in the team, good experience and people are hungry to win because. It was not so good for everyone at Chelsea last season.”

Maybe, what happened last season was the kick up the arse the club as a whole needed. Certainly AVB has brought in a fresh approach to everything and with an old legend in Roberto Di Matteo at his side. Kalou has the same message as the others, everyone is working hard to put things right and are fighting for their places in the side which is great because at times last season certain players were picked because of who they are and not based on their form.

AVB said the same the other day, if a player is playing well, he will play and that's great for everyone in the squad to hear ahead of the season. At Porto, it's been said that every single player in their 24/25 man squad was made to feel important and if AVB can pull that off at Chelsea then we will have a strong season without question.

It's also fantastic to hear about the hunger and desire of the players. At the end of the day you can train as much as you like, work as hard as you like but if you don't have the desire to do well or the hunger then whats the point?. Last season you could question if some of our players suffered with those problems.

I really believe after an amazing double winning season, and then the nightmares of last season it has brought the club together, stronger, focused and hungry once again because have no doubts watching United lift and celebrate winning their 19th title really hurt us.

Expect to be watching a very different Chelsea this season. If these comments from the players are anything to go by, they will be ready to put things right and back on track in a big way this season.

Make no mistake, Chelsea are the team to beat this season!


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