Mykhailo Mudryk gave an honest assessment of the Chelsea performance after yesterday’s defeat at home to Brighton. When it came to troubling the visitors from the south coast it was a case of too little too late decided the Ukrainian.

The 22-year-old started for the first time in five games and was one of the brighter performers in a disappointing display by the Blues. It was his run and reverse pass that led to Conor Gallagher giving us the lead but that could not be maintained and few would argue that Brighton did not deserve their 2-1 win.

‘I think the first half was not so good. When in the second half we started to play, it was already late,’ said Mudryk, before adding:

‘For all of us it is a hard period but we never give up, we keep going and everything can change.’

In fact he says that although it is not transferring to games yet, with the Blues now six matches without a win, he does see things in the work behind the scenes that suggest the squad are building towards better times to come.

‘We all feel it,’ he says. ‘We want to win but now it is hard for us but like I say, we keep training hard and one day everything can be changed.’

Immediately ahead is one of those quick turnarounds and although the task in hand is huge with Real Madrid arriving 2-0 ahead for Tuesday’s Champions League second leg, it is a chance to quickly put recent losses behind us.

‘We are already thinking about the next game, the Champions League,’ Mudryk declares. ‘It is a big opportunity for us and we should all show our best.’