Chelsea are still feeling the aftershocks from the 6-0 battering by Manchester City on Sunday, and probably will for a while longer. That’s not a result easily forgotten or scrubbed away.
And that’s true for both the team, as a collective, and for individual players like Pedro, who’s spent his entire senior professional career at Barcelona and Chelsea (and the Spanish national team) and is thus not used to ever losing big. In fact, much like it was the worst loss for Chelsea in 28 years, it was the worst loss in Pedro’s 10-year career.
“It is difficult, it was probably the worst of the season. It is hard, it is so important tomorrow now. That is the past and it is good to get ready for tomorrow.
“Never in my career [have I lost that badly], it is hard but now it is the past.
“The criticism is normal, but the most important thing is to think about the game tomorrow. Without a win it is difficult.”
A win tomorrow night might help indeed, even if it’s in a different competition and against a team that Chelsea should be expected to beat rather easily.
But the problem(s) won’t be fixed just by beating Malmo. The solution, whatever it may be, will be take some time and probably lots of hard work and patience from all involved. It might require some change, too, perhaps in terms of both players and coaches, though for now Sarri seems to retain the trust of the squad and the board.
“I think the mentality it is good but it is true in the last games if you are not focused it is so difficult. When they score a lot of games it is difficult. The most important thing to do that. The mentality can change.
“All the players follow the idea of Maurizio. Sometimes it is difficult to play in this way. But I prefer to play in this way to press, rather than wait for 90 minutes for the ball and then run 60 metres to score.
“Always it is difficult for every manager, every day when you arrive but it is not the Chelsea dressing room, it is difficult for every team. The last couple of results are not good, but it is good to change this dynamic. We have the final with City, FA Cup and Europa League. To be in four competitions it is good for us. We must think only about Malmo.”
-Pedro; source: Football.London
That’s certainly a professional response from a solid professional like Pedro, but, as they say, you can’t clap with one hand. Everyone needs to take responsibility and do whatever they can get to get Chelsea out of this current malaise ... before it’s too late.