The Blues suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon after Philippe Coutinho’s brace overturned Ramires’s lead before Christian Benteke added a third.
The west London side have lost six of their 11 Premier League games this season amid reports that some Chelsea players have lost faith in their manager ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League group-stage game.
However, former Arsenal playmaker Nicholas expects the west London side to start on the road to recovery with a close-fought victory over Dynamo Kyiv in their Champions League group-stage clash tomorrow night.
“Goodness me, where do we start? Is it a must win? For who? For Chelsea? For the players? For Jose? I just couldn’t understand their mentality on Saturday to go one up and just drop off and defend, I know they’re low in confidence but for players of that quality to do it is shocking,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“However, I do think they’ll sneak a win here but I can see it being a scramble. They need to just relieve this pressure, for a few days at least, and put themselves in a decent position to qualify.”
Chelsea are looking to return to winning ways in the Champions League after a defeat by Porto and a stalemate with Dyanmo Kyiv in their last two games.
• The London club began their 14th group stage campaign with a 4-0 home win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv before going down 2-1 at Porto.
• Last year Chelsea drew 1-1 at home to Schalke 04 and then beat NK Maribor (6-0) and Sporting Clube de Portugal (3-1) at Stamford Bridge. That meant they won their group for the ninth time in their last 12 campaigns; they finished runners-up in two other years and were eliminated in the group stage only once, in 2012/13.
• In last season’s round of 16, a 2-2 home draw against Paris Saint-Germain (agg: 3-3) meant they went out on away goals.
• Oscar scored in Chelsea’s 3-2 win at home to FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2012/13 group stage.
• He had also scored in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture, a loss that helped ensure they would become the first UEFA Champions League holders to fail to get through the group stage.
• José Mourinho lifted the Champions League with Porto (2004) and FC Internazionale Milano (2010) and is bidding to become the first head coach to win the European Cup with three different teams.
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