Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has warned his players to forget they are the trophy holders, as the new season of the Champions League begins.

The Blues beat rivals Manchester City 1-0 in last season’s final.

Tuchel’s begin their defence on Tuesday night, at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

Chelsea are strong favourites to cruise through Group H against Russian champions Zenit, Swedish title holders Malmo and a Juventus side struggling .

However, Tuchel is not giving room for complacency.

He said at his press conference:

“It’s absolutely necessary to forget it and start from scratch, to show this mentality again. This is I demand from myself and from everybody else around, that we don’t change in terms of hunger.

“We will have this experience together forever and we can create a bond out of it but it’s about looking ahead in sport and taking up the challenges which are coming and the next one is tomorrow.”

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