Essien believes the desire to be victorious is prominent at the club.
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has revealed that the Blues squad has an immense desire to win now Jose Mourinho is back in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Essien spent last year on-loan at Real Madrid playing under Mourinho, but now the Ghana international has returned he sees the mentality to triumph is top of every player’s agenda.
“Everybody wants to win, it’s the mentality we have,” the 30-year-old was quoted in the Sun.
“Even in training we don’t mess around, everyone is competitive. I think it’s good for us going into games and for the team spirit.
“We’re working hard and will keep doing that.”
The African was a key member of the team under Mourinho’s previous tenure at the west London club, helping the side to the 2006 Premier League title.
Since then Essien has struggled with injury and the Blues have only managed to win one more title (in 2010), but both are raring to go this time around.
There is renewed optimism at the Bridge now that the 50-year-old is back in charge and with both Manchester United and Manchester City also changing their managers, it could be a very open league season.
Many critics believe Chelsea look strong and along with signing Andre Schurrle and Marco Van Ginkel, youngsters Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne have returned from loan spells ready to go into the first team.
Likewise Essien is back with the Blues following his 12 months in the Spanish capital and makes up a formidable squad under the Portuguese maestro.