Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel fired a warning to his players saying they risk more defeats if they continue to play like they did in the home loss to Real Madrid.
The Blues were particularly poor in the game, falling to a 3-1 defeat at home, which leaves their European campaign hanging by a thread.
Chelsea are made for great comebacks and they have been particularly good at turning adversity around, but going to Madrid and winning by a three-goal margin will instantly be up there with some of the best wins in the club’s history if they can pull it off.
After two brilliant but avoidable headers from Karim Benzema, the often reliable goalkeeper Edouard Mendy gave the French striker a gift for his hat-trick, which essentially killed the tie.
It’s been a tough week for Thomas Tuchel’s side, as they completely fell apart against Brentford in the build up to the the Champions League game, losing 4-1 to the Premier League debutants despite taking the lead over the weekend.
Christensen in particular had to be hauled off after the first half and even though Chelsea marginally improved the horse had already bolted.
They have now conceded eight goals in their last two games and scored only two in return, worrying statistics.
After the game, the Chelsea manager said he was not looking beyond the Southampton game over the weekend, but warned his players they must improve or face further humiliation.
He said: “Yes it was a big mistake that we did that. First we have to find our level back, I don’t know where it is since the international break.
“The first half of the game was a repetition of the second half against Brentford in a quarter final against Real Madrid.
“So far off our level and everything the game demands. We can’t expect a result from these kinds of performances.
“We have to get things ready for Saturday and not think of the second leg against Bernabeu at this moment.
“Saturday we face Southampton and even if we continue to play like this we will not get a point.”
It’s not all lost for the Blues who are still in the FA Cup semi-final, where they will take on Crystal Palace knowing that a win takes them to the final and another chance to add to the Super Cup and Club World Cup trophies they won earlier this season.