James relishes derby goal and aims for gradual progress in long campaign

Chelsea’s challenging start to the season continues next weekend with a trip to Anfield, an encounter that will bring together two teams that are yet to drop a point or concede a goal in the league this term.

While it is far too early to talk about the title race, the contest will certainly offer a test of the Blues’ credentials and James acknowledges it will be a difficult task that requires intelligence and intensity to overcome.

‘Liverpool have been up there at the top of the Premier League for the last few seasons so we know going there will be a very tough game,’ added James.

‘We need to prepare right and bring the same intensity as today into that game but our team is very strong. We have a number of top players in each position so when one top player comes off, there’s another one replacing them, which keeps the competition really high.

‘I wouldn’t say there’s any pressure on us right now. We have to take it game by game but obviously our aim is to win every week. Everybody here is ambitious and wants to win the title but we just have to take things slowly right now.’