It was a worrisome performance from the Blues yesterday, with individual and collective mistakes staking Arsenal to a 3-0 first half lead, continuing many of the worrying patterns from the last few games. While there was, once again, a bit of improvement in the second half, this time it was nowhere near enough for a comeback.
According to right back Branislav Ivanovic, who took charge as team captain this Saturday in place of John Terry, this latest wake-up call won't go unheard.
"We didn’t start the game in the way we wanted. We didn’t believe in what we were doing at the beginning and we were punished. As a team we didn’t answer anything the manager asked of us, we have to be honest with ourselves and put more attention on the small details. We have to be more focused and concentrated on the game."
"I know it’s very disappointing and it hurts all of us, but the opinion of everyone in the dressing room was in the same direction. We have to build on that, stay together, work hard, and believe in what we are doing. I am sure we can come out of it stronger. We have to stick together."
"In this league every game is a different story, but it doesn’t mean you have to change your philosophy if you win or lose a game. We have worked very hard on different ways. Our way of playing has changed a bit and you always need time. In the last two games it has not been the usual Chelsea way, but if it starts working it will be very good for us. We will be very, very dangerous."
Our next opponent will be Hull City, the recently promoted side fresh from from a 5-1 drubbing by Liverpool. In spite of their heavy defeat to the Reds, Ivanovic still expects the Tigers to provide a hard challenge to our team.
"We have another week to prepare for a very hard away game. We know how difficult it is to play a team with a different shape to yours. We have to work hard but this is something normal. We have to be on top of our game and our performances week-by-week to get points from every game. We have to believe in what we are doing and the results of that will come."
-Branislav Ivanovic; Source: Chelsea FC
Facing a team who have entered the season as relegation candidates, Chelsea should have no difficulties in following Liverpool’s suit and beating them to a pulp. But given our current situation and the glaring problems we're having all over the pitch, getting a win at the KCOM Stadium next weekend is far from certain.