Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea 's old guard are leading the way as the Portuguese bids to foster a winning mentality at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho will take charge of the Blues for the first time in nearly six years in Wednesday's pre-season friendly with Singha All-Stars.
Five survivors from Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea, which ended abruptly in September 2007, in Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien will start at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium.
Mourinho makes no distinction between the players he is familiar with and those new to him, except that he is impressed by the attitude shown by the experienced members of the squad.
"It's normal after one week that I don't see any more 'the old' and 'the new'," Mourinho said.
"The good thing with my previous players is that what I see makes me very happy - I don't see them any different to before.
"And when I see Terry, Cole, Lampard, the way they are working at (age) 32, 32, 35, it's easy for me to ...