Branislav Ivanovic believes Chelsea are starting to replicate their title-winning form of last season; coincidentally, the defender has been missing through injury.
Chelsea are down in 16th with seven defeats from their first 12 games but with a home game against Norwich City this weekend presenting a good opportunity to get back to winning ways.
Jose Mourinho’s side also face Tottenham, Bournemouth, Leicester and Sunderland before Christmas, a run Ivanovic believes they must make the most of as they bid to keep alive their fading top-four hopes.
“We have been playing much better in the last few matches,” he said. “We are starting to look more like last season.
“The games that are coming up may be some of the most important for us in the season, in terms of the psychology of the moment. We have to show we are back.
“It was a very difficult start to the season for all of us, now the team are playing better.
“We didn’t react well after winning the league trophy last season.
“The only way to get out of this situation is to win, win and win again.
“No one has seen anything strange in the team. I don’t think any footballer wants to lose a game.
“It doesn’t matter the situation around you, your job is to win, your passion is winning games. I think all of the Chelsea players approach the game like that.
“The players are very honest with each other. We speak a lot, even during the training sessions we try to help and explain things to each other.
“Even when someone criticises another one, it is positive. That is important, there is nothing negative. This is a normal situation.”