Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic says his side are thriving on the pressure of remaining unbeaten and the aim is to eclipse the Arsenal invincibles.
The Blues missed out on the title last season, finishing behind both Liverpool and champions Manchester City prompting boss Jose Mourinho to shake his squad up over the summer.
A total of 17 players departed Stamford Bridge whereas five new stars joined including former Arsenal ace Cesc Fabregas and Brazilian-born scorer Diego Costa for a combined fee of £57 million.
The changes in personnel have certainly had the desired effect as Jose Mourinho’s side remain undefeated and top the Premier League table, winning ten and drawing three of their 13 matches to date.
Accordingly, comparisons have already begun with the Gunners’ invincibles – a side which went 49 Premier League games unbeaten including the entire 2003-04 league campaign.
While perhaps premature, the target is there to be beaten and midfielder Matic says the expectations and pressures of such a feat are aiding his team to stand up to the challenge.
“We are in a determined mood and there is more pressure for us because we want to go through the season unbeaten. We want to be the new Invincibles,” he said, quoted by the Mirror.
“I want to win every game if possible. People can say the unbeaten record is putting more pressure on us. But I would rather have it this way because winning is never boring.”
“When you win, training feels better and so does playing matches. I don’t know if we are better than the Chelsea team who won the title 10 years ago, but we know our qualities and we are a stylish team.”
Up next for the Blues is a home tie with a Tottenham Hotspur side coming off the back of an impressive victory over Everton at the weekend.
Spurs haven’t won a league match at Stamford Bridge since 1990, and on current form it might take a minor miracle to stop the league leaders from extending that run on Wednesday night.