BENITEZ: LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
Rafael Benitez has been discussing some of the work that has gone in behind the scenes as we look to return to winning ways against Wigan on Saturday.
We are without a victory in four games but with fresh legs returning to the squad after a successful international break for Chelsea players, Benitez believes we can earn an important three points at Stamford Bridge if individual mistakes are eradicated.
'Every game we analyse. We watch videos, talk with staff and talk with players,' he said. 'We have some information and we try to manage it for the next one. We were talking about how we were winning and conceded goals, made mistakes, why?
'Why we didn't score the third goal and finish the game, why we made these mistakes? It's something we do after every game, so I don't need time or days without training to analyse things.
'Sometimes we have to keep the ball better. Against Reading we had the ball, we made a substitution and then we made a silly foul and didn't concentrate in the box. After 85 minutes we had three chances. We could kill the game and couldn't do it. We made one mistake.
'It's different from the Newcastle counter-attack for their second goal. It's different things. Before, the team was consistent and we were scoring goals but in the last games we've not been managing in the right way.'
With the trio of Demba Ba, Petr Cech and David Luiz available after injuries, and Eden Hazard back from suspension, the squad has a fresher feel to it. Benitez does however have to check on Ba before 3pm this afternoon.
'It's not a question of risk. He has the mask and I think he will be fine,' said the manager. 'The question is to decide if he has enough confidence to play at 100 per cent or not. That's our decision, talking with him he says he is fine, and he says he has confidence. We were practising corners and free-kicks with some balls in the air but it's not the same. We were trying to prove, to check, but still we have to decide.'
Cech's broken finger will not prevent him from action either.
'He was training, a different training session, but he was training and hopefully he will be fine,' Benitez reported. 'The doctor can decide how we can control this. He was in goal and working with the goalkeeping coach so he is fine. It's a small fracture.'
It was a midweek of celebration for our internationals, with Ashley Cole winning his 100th cap, Cesar Azpilicueta his first, and John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses reaching the Africa Cup of Nations final in South Africa. Benitez look forward to their return.
'Normally when you go to an international break you cross your fingers you don't have any injuries,' he said 'We had a lot of players involved this week, coming back fit and that's good.
'[In Africa] every time I watch a game I see Victor Moses with a problem, and Obi had another bad tackle. But it's good for them to be in the final, hopefully they will win and they will come back with more confidence and positivity.
'You want them coming back as soon as possible but if they are winning it is good for them so they have to enjoy it, and I think it will be positive in terms of confidence coming back. I wish them all the best on Sunday and hopefully they can win, come back and be with us.'