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Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho deliver Chelsea verdicts ahead of Premier League opener vs Everton

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho deliver Chelsea verdicts ahead of Premier League opener vs Everton

Both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho have shared their verdicts on the upcoming Premier League season for Chelsea.

The Blues kick-off the new season on Saturday evening as they prepare to take on Frank Lampard's Everton at Goodison Park.

Last year, Thomas Tuchel''s side finished third in the league and despite this securing them a Champions League spot, the season was still a disappointment.

While the west London outfit won both the Super Cup and Club World Cup, they dropped out of a title race that they were leading for a significant time.

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Cesar Azpilicueta lifts the Club World Cup trophy for Chelsea
Cesar Azpilicueta lifts the Club World Cup trophy for Chelsea

There was more suffering for Blues' fans when they lost in both the Carabao Cup Final and FA Cup final.

Both defeats came in a horrible manner, 0-0 draws against Liverpool that resulted in them losing on penalties.

With the new season though, all of that is wiped away and once again there is a chance for success in a fresh campaign.

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The summer transfer window has seen Chelsea make four additions.

Both Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly have completed moves to join Tuchel's project at Stamford Bridge.

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The Blues have also acquired Gabriel Slonina, who will join the squad in January and 18-year-old Carney Chukwuemeka who completed a £20 million move on Thursday.

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In pre-season there has been a lot of opportunities for players to prove themselves for the season ahead.

Loftus-Cheek was a versatile option that Tuchel relied on a lot throughout last season, and although he did not travel with the squad on the United States tour, he impressed in Chelsea's 2-0 behind closed doors win against Udinese.

Speaking on the season ahead, he told the official Chelsea website: "I think we're where we can be at the moment.

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"Of course you get fitter during the season. Two or three games of proper, intense Premier League football is the only way you're going to get that top level."

Ruben Loftus-Cheek in action for Chelsea against Udinese. (Chelsea FC)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek in action for Chelsea against Udinese. (Chelsea FC)

He continued: "The first couple of games you might feel a bit off it, but that's going to be the same for every team, because it is hard to match the intensity of a Premier League game in pre-season.

"So we have to be ready for it and I feel we're as close as we can be and ready to take on the season."

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On top of what Loftus-Cheek has touched on about the new season, Jorginho has also spoken to Sky Sports over his views of the season ahead.

Jorginho has been linked with a move back to Italy. (Alamy)
Jorginho has been linked with a move back to Italy. (Alamy)

When he was asked who he feels the Blues biggest opponent is for the new year, he responded: "Chelsea. If we don't improve, if we aren't humble in recognising where we went wrong, we might as well stand in front of the TV and watch."

Missed chances and sloppy mistakes alongside a heavy number of injuries is what cost Chelsea last season.

With the new signings coming in, you would hope this is not such an issue and that the Blues do not become their own worst enemy.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Premier League, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Thomas Tuchel

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