Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has insisted that “everyone is hungry” to “keep riding the wave” from last season’s Champions League victory.
The Blues have been on an upward swing since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel midway through last season.
The German guided them to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League and the FA Cup final.
Chelsea lost that final to Leicester City, but Tuchel won his first trophy at the club soon after. This came as his side beat Man City in last season’s Champions League final.
They have started the new campaign well and they are expected to challenge for the Premier League title. In an interview with the club’s official website, Christensen suggested that “everyone is looking in the same direction” at Chelsea:
“Everyone is hungry to keep riding the wave we have built since the Champions League win.
“Everyone is looking in the same direction. We have had a good start in the Premier League and everyone is looking forward to keep going.
“We are a great team, we know that, but we are still trying to learn and trying to get that perfection in the team. We enjoy coming in to train everyday and learning. We are trying to stay humble and to keep working. We have to work so hard to maintain everything we have built so far.”
Chelsea host Aston Villa in the final Premier League game of the day on Saturday at 17:30.
Ahead of that meeting, Christensen is wary that Villa plays with “a lot of energy”:
“They are a club with a great history.
“They are playing with a lot of energy. We have to be prepared for that. We have to match that to get the win, and if we do, we have a good chance of winning with our quality.”
“I think they’re looking very good, he’s the one big one missing. I know they won the Champions League last season but probably just missed out [on the Premier League] overall because of that, I think bringing him in kind of gives that, he’s shown that already.
“He’s got something to prove at Chelsea too, it didn’t work out for him last time, I know Lukaku and he’s very determined to do well. Chelsea are looking great at the minute and I think they can give Manchester City a push.”