Chelsea got their 2021/22 Premier League campaign off to a flying start after defeating Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues dominated the contest from start to finish, with first-half goals from Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic followed by a stunning strike from youngster Trevoh Chalobah to hand the west Londoners the victory over Patrick Vieira’s side.
The reigning champions of Europe are considered as one of the favourites for this season’s Premier League title but head coach Thomas Tuchel played down his side’s chances of taking Manchester City’s domestic crown come May.
“I think we have to hunt the others from day one”, Tuchel said during his post-match press conference.
“This is what we want to do, this is our mentality and we are never shy to fight for the best outcome possible, but the reality is we are not the favourites right now,” said the former Borussia Dortmund boss, whose side finished fourth in the league last season.
“I see ourselves as number four last year so we cannot be favourites. We just have to close the gap to number three, number two and number one so this is what we’re trying to do.”
Chelsea will travel to Arsenal next Sunday, hoping to conquer Mikel Arteta’s men after the Gunners did the double over their London rivals last season, winning 3-1 at the Emirates before defeating Tuchel’s side 1-0 during the latter stages of the season.
The Blues will be boosted by the arrival of their new £98million-rated striker in the form of Romelu Lukaku, who Tuchel confirmed would be available for the trip to north London after missing out on their clash against the Eagles.
Chelsea will, however, face an Arsenal side looking to bounce back after a disappointing opening day defeat against newly-promoted Brentford.