“There was a lot of excitement and positivity from the start, a good atmosphere. The spirit of the players was really good. They worked hard for each other against an organised team,” Graham Potter told BBC after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Fulham.
“[Fulham have] been together a while. We’re a different stage of that – players coming back from injury and new players. We needed time to settle everything down. We were missing the connection, fluidity and confidence that comes from knowing each other.
“The decision we took in the window you can see the profile in terms of age. We feel we have a very strong group of players. We have to gel and become a really good team. That’s where the work is.
“It’s working together. When players have been injured they have not been on the training pitch. We have new players with us. It’s about getting ideas across and working with the group.
“Sometimes you have to look at the whole package. Young players, nice mix of them both. For us, it’s about improving.
“New players are adapting to a new country and a new league. It’s not straightforward. When the price tag is what it is questions will be asked, it’s the nature of the business.”
Chelsea might have plenty of new players involved in the game, but the problems are largely the same.
In the last 12 games across all competitions, Chelsea have only scored three goals – a horrible trend for such an expensively assembled team.