Footage has emerged of Chelsea players walking out of the tunnel ahead of their game against Luton Town on Friday and there are is a noticeable change from last campaign.
Chelsea ran away 3-0 winners over Luton as Mauricio Pochettino picked up his first win of the season, putting their 3-1 defeat to West Ham behind them.
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But while the fans lauded the players’ display on the pitch, it was their pre-match preparations which really caught the eye.
Unseen footage emerged online of the team waiting in the tunnel ahead of match and Robert Sanchez could be seen gearing up his teammates. Watch the video below.
Sanchez, who signed for Chelsea from Brighton for a reported fee of £25m this month, was heard shouting words of encouragement.
“Heads in the game from minute one, come on,” he shouted. “Are you ready boys? Come on, let’s go!” Ben Chilwell could also be heard encouraging his teammates as they walked on to the pitch.
The players’ behaviour is a contrast from last campaign when the players were seen walking out of the tunnel at Stamford Bridge in total silence and devoid of enthusiasm ahead of their 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
The video went viral for all the wrong reasons as fans ripped into the players and former head coach Graham Potter for their lack of leadership – a problem Sanchez looks to have solved.
Speaking after their victory over Luton, Pochettino said: “In the Premier League, if the intensity is not there, it’s difficult to win games. Today, it was key to match the energy of Luton.
“This project is to create a team with energy and quality and to have the capacity to challenge the big teams like Liverpool and Manchester City.”