Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic analysed the defeat against Southampton with Chelsea FC website:
“It’s not the standard this club and team has set so for us at the moment it is a very difficult time.
“Hopefully this break comes at a good time and we can regroup, get a good result in the next game and drive on from there.’
Begovic thinks that the time of Saints’ equaliser was crucial:
“We scored at a good time, we just couldn’t build from there,’ he said. ‘They made things very difficult for us and I think if we could have gone into half-time at 1-0 it’s a different game.
“When things are not going your way it’s tough; we’re playing against a lot of things at the moment, it’s a mental thing as well, but it’s just something we’ve got to keep fighting through.
“Hopefully one result will get the confidence going again and we can kick on. We have to show character and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.
‘That’s life, that’s football – you have ups and downs. We’re going through a down at this moment and we need to improve. We need to get back to basics, work even harder, and I’m sure collectively we’ll do that.
“It’s important we stay positive; we know we can be a good team, we know we can play better. First and foremost we’ve got to look to the next game.
“Hopefully everyone is fit when we get back from the break and then we get a result and we can look forward from there. Obviously the goal is still to be challenging at the top of the table.”