Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has admitted that the Blues’ players didn’t believe in Antonio Conte’s plan at the beginning of their game against Arsenal.
It appears that these losses may be having an effect on the squad’s belief in the new man.
‘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,’ Ivanovic told Chelsea’s official site.
‘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.
‘Nothing in life or in football comes easy, you always go up and down, but we know when you’re in a difficult position you have to work hard and prepare for the next game. I hope we are mentally ready for the challenge.’
The 32-year-old still holds hope of Chelsea turning things around, but only ‘if’ the new boss’ methods start working.
‘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,’ he added.
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‘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.
‘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.’