Mauricio Pochettino took over a Chelsea side in disarray after a few others turned down the opportunity, and in a few weeks, has started to implement visible changes.

Chelsea defeated Brighton 4-3 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. In doing so, Mauricio Pochettino saw more than enough to feel optimistic about the future.

Pochettino has high hopes for Chelsea this season

Pochettino feeling optimistic

“I see many positive things,” he said.

“I am so happy with the attitude of the players, the staff. We showed great attitude and energy against a team that was fantastic last season and is always difficult to play.

“I am so happy in the balance of these two-and-a-half weeks. We know that we need to work a lot to continue to improve but we can see certain principles, which are important for us.”

The same sharp, intuitive one-touch attacking combinations that carved open Wrexham were on show again. New attacking verve that led to a flurry of second-half goals. Especially after Jean-Paul van Hecke was sent off for fouling Cesare Casadei.

Most importantly, there is a high level of intensity that has not been seen at Chelsea in the past 12 months. Energy, commitment, and most of all, a willingness to attack through different avenues. It may be early days yet but Pochettino is starting to show that he can get the job done.