Mason Mount insists he and his Chelsea team-mates are confident they can mount a serious title challenge this term but says they must not get overly ‘carried away’ at such an early stage of the season.
The Blues are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions and sit third in the Premier League table after their victory at Newcastle at the weekend, two points adrift of joint leaders Tottenham and Liverpool.
Frank Lampard’s men have also made a strong start to their Champions League campaign and share top spot in Group E with Sevilla ahead of their trip to Rennes on Tuesday evening.
Supporters could be forgiven for getting excited about their club’s chances both domestically and in Europe but Mount believes Chelsea’s squad have to keep their feet on the ground for the time being.
Asked whether Chelsea are capable of challenging for the title this season, Mount replied: ‘That’s always been our goal.
‘We know what we can achieve and we know the level of players in this group.
‘We can never be content with being at the top of the group in the Champions League and going to the top of the league and being close to it. We can never be content with that.
‘We know what we can do in this group and our goal is always to be number one and push for titles and I think we definitely know we can do that.
‘The most important thing at the moment is keeping that momentum going, keep going from game to game and try to go into the game with that mentality of winning.
And when you keep that momentum going, you go into every game wanting to win so I think we’re in a good place but we can’t get carried away.
‘We know what we can do, it’s exciting times but we’re so ready to keep working hard.’
Mount feels the added competition provided by summer signings Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will only have a positive impact on his own development at Chelsea.
‘My standard is always to go into the next season wanting to do better, wanting to do more and wanting to achieve more and I’ve done that throughout my whole career,’ the England midfielder added.
‘There’s world-class players coming into this club, into this team. Me and the boys know what we can achieve so it’s brilliant to have that competition within the group.
‘I always want to keep pushing myself to get better and better and every season I set new goals to try and get better and achieve more and that’s the kind of person I am.
‘So it’s obviously brilliant to have that kind of competition and world-class players coming into the group.’
Mount revealed how he had been picking the brain of veteran defender Thiago Silva ever since the 36-year-old Brazilian swapped Paris for west London in the summer.
Asked whether he’s learning from Chelsea’s new additions, Mount replied: ‘Yeah, we all learn stuff off each other.
‘I think when you have players like them two [Havertz and Werner] coming in and Thiago Silva, that’s been through a lot and been at the top of thee game for a long time, you can gain so much experience off just talking to him and speaking to him for five minutes here and there.
‘It especially helps us younger players that are coming through and it gives us a lot of experience.’
Elsewhere at Monday’s press conference, Lampard confirmed both Silva and Kai Havertz were both fit and available to feature at Rennes’ Roazhon Park.
However, Christian Pulisic is yet to work his way back to full fitness following a hamstring injury and will not be on the plane to France.