According to Chelsea legend Petr Cech, Chelsea’s Super Cup victory over Villarreal showed the unity in the Chelsea squad under Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel subbed off Edouard Mendy to bring in Kepa Arrizabalga for the penalty shootout.
“We had a difficult pre-season with lots of players not fully fit so the manager had a bit of work to do but it just showed how strong the group is,” Cech told Chelsea’s official website.
“Everybody who was available and got their chance did a great job and that includes the goalkeepers playing their part as well.
“In the Super Cup, Edou did his job during the game and then Kepa during the shoot-out. This is something that we have to really appreciate because it just shows the strong unity within the team, that people respect decisions like that from the manager.
“Edou was aware of the plan and he supported it with no hesitation, which just shows that the team comes first and then the players are really happy to win things together with everybody playing their part.
“It’s always difficult for everybody to play because it’s a very competitive team with fantastic players in every position, including goalkeepers, so you might not play every game as a player but it still doesn’t mean you are less important than everybody else.
“The Super Cup and the situation with the shoot-out proved that, as well as the start of the season where some people were coming late and were missing but the others stepped up. It’s the job of the whole squad to have a good start to the season and of course, that’s been very positive for us.”