Cucurella says Chelsea building ‘something important’

Marc Cucurella believes Chelsea are building ‘something important’ under Mauricio Pochettino and says the squad are ‘creating good habits’.

Chelsea have had a challenging start to the new campaign but have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, taking four points from fixtures with Tottenham and Manchester City before the international break.


Chelsea are rebuilding from the club’s lowest league finish since 1993/94 last season, a campaign which saw the west Londoners struggle despite major investment.

Cucurella is now in his second season with the Blues and opened up on the difficulties he faced in adapting to ‘a big club’ after signing from Brighton in a £62m deal.

“When you come to a big club, for sure the pressure is there,” he told the club’s official website.

“When you go to a normal club, there is not this pressure. It’s different. You need to win but the objectives are different. Here at Chelsea, every week, every game, you have to win. Otherwise the team and fans aren’t happy. That is the big difference.

“We are creating good habits here, a good young team, and are starting to build something important. It’s not enough so far because we want to win every game but I think the way we are playing now is good.

“We need to keep producing our best performance and manage the small details, mistakes. Once we do this, we can win more games and the pressure is eased.”

Cucurella was joined at Chelsea last summer by former Brighton teammates Robert Sanchez and Moises Caicedo. The left-back revealed that he spoke with the pair about moving to Chelsea before the deals were finalised and said the club’s Spanish speaking contingent makes life easier on the training pitch.

“I am very happy they joined. I told them it’s an important club, they would feel very good here, that I am happy here, and that we would have a Spanish mafia!

“That we can speak as well with the manager in Spanish makes it easier to explain our mistakes or what we need to do on the pitch.

“We have a really good team, are very close inside and outside the pitch, and I think when these relationships are good then on the pitch we can play together.”

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