Branislav Ivanovic admits Chelsea reacted poorly to winning the EPL trophy, but remains confident they’ll recover from their dismal start.
Chelsea have garnered just 11 points from 11 matches following a horrendous start to the league and just six months after winning the title.
Chelsea have won just three matches in the EPL this season, putting Mourinho under immense pressure and Ivanovic has conceded the blues reacted poorly as champions.
“Everyone expects us to be on top but we didn’t start well,” Ivanovic told Sky Sports.
“There is always extra pressure when you are champions, and the whole team didn’t react well after winning the trophy.
“In the Premier League every team is competitive and can win even against the top teams. It is why it is important to go step by step, and I hope we will be back in a good position.”
No side in Premier League history has secured a top-four finish with Chelsea’s dismal record from this stage of the season but Ivanovic is refusing to look that far ahead.
“No one in the team is thinking about that,” he added. “We are thinking only about [next opponent] Stoke. The season is so long and difficult it’s not the moment to think about the final position.”
Ivanovic was heavy criticised for his individual performances in the early weeks of the season but the Serbian feels he and Chelsea have improved.
“I think there was a very difficult beginning to the season,” he added.
“But now we are playing better and I am working very hard to get my fitness back and I hope I will be on the [right] level.
“The only way to get out of this situation is to win, win and win again. Now the game coming up is the most important for us this season because we have to show we are back and how strong we are.”