Five victories in a row have already been achieved under the new manager, and he will be eager to extend that streak today in the capital.
Graham Potter will have to reconsider his strategy, in order to work around injuries in time for tonight’s London derby against Brentford.
Despite keeping a clean sheet on Sunday, the defense will be a top priority to improve after giving up several decent chances.
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Prior to Chelsea‘s match against Brentford in the Premier League, the head coach spoke to the media:
• On if Kepa is now the first-choice goalkeeper: "I always think it's better to let football decide and Kepa has done really well. He has been supported fantastically by Edou [Edouard Mendy] and Bets [Marcus Bettinelli] and they've provided good competition. "But Kepa's form is really pleasing for everybody, especially him. So it's nice we've got competition in that area because we need that in the team. We need to push each other and it's how players get better." • On Denis Zakaria: “There is no decision been made at all on that. Denis is in the group and has been training well. He is ready to help the team but there is competition for places in that area. He is an important member of the team and is patent and trying to help the team from the side at the moment. He is waiting for his chance.” • On talks with Jorginho's contract: “No updates.” • On Thiago Silva's injury: “It’s obviously 24/48 hours [since Aston Villa] so we need to make sure the recovery is right for him. But no problems injury-wise, it is just the recovery.” • On a good start with Chelsea: “Naturally I’m not the most optimistic, I’ll give you a bit of insight into me there. You can’t predict anything but it’s gone fantastically well in terms of results, I can’t complain with that at all. But the way the group has responded, the way we feel in the team is really positive. But it’s only six weeks – feels like six months sometimes – but we have a long way to go and keep moving.”
• On four games without conceding a goal: “It’s pleasing and credit to the players, credit to the group. You can't defend with a settled four or five these days because the games are relentless. The challenges are huge in that regard. It's about the team and the togetherness of the squad. "If you're prepared to suffer and deal with discomfort in the games then you give yourself a chance to keep a clean sheet and that gives you a chance to win, certainly with the quality we have.” • Mason Mount: “It's a joy. He's a fantastic person, he loves to play football and he loves the club here. It's surprising, though, that I get a few questions about there being to be mixed opinions on Mason. I find that strange, especially from the outside and then when you start to work with him, he's got everything you need to be a top, top player. Great attitude, understands spaces, can execute assists, scores goals, so he's top.” • Thiago Silva’s age and injury concern, how do you handle him going forward: “I have to involve him in the conversations, he is 38 years old and is a man who knows himself better than I do. He’s a really important person, a really important player for us, but we have to manage him correctly and he has to be involved in that process.”