Thomas Tuchel has urged his Chelsea players to forget about last season’s success and ‘restart from scratch’ ahead of the new campaign.
Chelsea impressed following the appointment of Tuchel as head coach in January, enjoying a strong upturn in form over the second half of the campaign that culminated in a surprise run to Champions League success.
The west London side will now be seeking to build on their positive progress under the German and challenge for the Premier League title in 2021/22, and when discussing his pre-season preparations, Tuchel urged his side to forget about their previous exploits ahead of the campaign and ‘restart from scratch’.
“It was learning on the job and it was like fast-forward learning,” he told the Chelsea website. “What we knew about the Premier League came true. It’s a very, very demanding league, the most demanding league in Europe right now, and we have to be on point to reproduce the kind of performances that we have already shown.
“We need to forget success and restart from scratch, this is the challenge in sports. This is what we demand from ourselves and then we demand it from the players.
“To prepare for the Premier League we are having very intense training sessions and a lot of double sessions. It’s my first pre-season here and we have the help of outstanding staff, outstanding fitness coaches and analysing department monitoring everything. So we have big, big help.
“Without them it’s not possible. The pre-season is like this because of the months of the Premier League and we train very, very hard and the staff are preparing this in a fantastic manner. This is nice to watch, sometimes even demanding to watch, and the players are fully aware of it and give their very best.“