Thomas Tuchel conceded the title may be out of reach for Chelsea but insists he saw enough in the draw with Wolves to suggest the foundations are there for future challenges.
Tuchel was thrust into this first game as Chelsea boss on Wednesday night, 24 hours after he was confirmed as permanent successor to Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.
A frantic managerial appointment meant Tuchel was only able to conduct a single training session with his new squad before the meeting with Wolves, and that lack of hands-on time was clear as Chelsea failed to convert their dominance into a debut victory for their new manager.
Despite this, Tuchel was encouraged by the performance, which he felt warranted three points and also signalled Chelsea have tools in abundance to compete consistently domestically and in Europe.
“Yes [disappointed not to win], it was deserved for the effort the guys put in,” Tuchel told his post-match press conference. “But I spoke in the dressing room and told everybody there was no room for disappointment or doubts.
“I was very happy with the performance energy-wise, we were structured and didn’t allow any dangerous counter-attacks against one of the most dangerous teams. We were very well-organised, brave, played with courage as a team both offensively and defensively.
“We had a good impact from the bench and a very good attitude from the players who did not come on. It was hard work, but we never lost intensity and for that I am happy.
“If this is our starting point I’m looking forward to where we will end up.”