Gary Cahill believes it’s impossible for Chelsea stars to be at their best every week as they are only human but insists they will turn their ailing season around.
Jose Mourinho’s side lie 16th in the Premier League after a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Monday consigned them to a ninth defeat in 16 games this season.
There have been reports of dressing room unrest with Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa among others looking like shadows of themselves this season.
However, Cahill is confident Chelsea will soon find their form.
“You’re not a robot, you’re not going to be nine out of 10 every game,” the defender told Chelsea magazine.
“But when things aren’t going well, you work even harder and look for a reaction. I’m sure we’ll turn it around.”
Cahill has been at the club since 2012 and won the Champions League and FA Cup in his first six months at Stamford Bridge.
He followed up that success with the Premier League title last season and, after signing a new four-year deal in December, he sought to remind those critics of how quickly it can turn around in football.
“There are some great memories and I don’t think we should forget the manner in which we won the Premier League, leading from the start, which was an unbelievable achievement for everyone at the club,” he said.
“The flip side, as always with football, is that it’s a game of two halves – and we’ve had a difficult period.
“Last season was fantastic, this season has been tough, but we’re looking to turn that around. We’re working hard to make things right.
“Not every single minute of your career will go well, individually and collectively, and not every season will go how you want it to, but it’s how you react to that.”