Chelsea reached an all-time low when the Blues were comprehensively beaten by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium two Sundays ago.
City beat Chelsea 6-0 a fortnight ago, to hand Chelsea their worst ever defeat in Premier League history, and both sides meet again in the League Cup final at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Maurizio Sarri’s biggest job will be to get his players mind from the fear of another defeat and give them confidence to face City one more time. Sarri himself admitted that the players were low on confidence in the first-half against Malmo in the Europa League game on Thursday.
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero who spent three years with Manchester City has told his teammates to forget the 6-0 defeat to City, and put their minds to get the victory at Wembley.
Caballero told the official Chelsea website: “It doesn’t matter the score, it does matter what we did right or what we did wrong, so hopefully we improve on this from the result from the last game, but also we don’t forget that we won against them at Stamford Bridge.
“So we have one fantastic game against them, another horrendous game, probably, but in this case it’s just a final, so we have to play as a final, for every single ball, in the first minute, and for sure it’s going to be different.
“Of course they have ability, because they won trophies last season, so it’s going to be a tough game, but we’ll see what happens. We’re going to work hard.”
The Argentine international who was in goal against Malmo also believes that the 3-0 win against Malmo can serve as a morale booster for Chelsea ahead of the Wembley clash on Sunday.
He continued: “We played very well, as we wanted to play, but we needed to recover our feelings, our winning way, so we went through and we are really happy for this,’ explained Caballero.
“Every time we have a defeat it increases the doubts and increases the negative things, so we just had to do a great job, be very solid in defence and we did it very well in the first half.
“After, we created more and more chances. With a bit of quality and the skill of our players, we could score the goals and at the end we did also a great job away, so the game in the first leg for us was a good result also.”
Chelsea have won the League Cup five times, and the Blues last won the competition in 2017 under Antonio Conte, and Caballero believes we have what it takes to win it this time around.
“Chelsea did it a lot in the past, because for this competition Chelsea has a lot of trophies, so we have to be ambitious for the trophy,” he added.
“Our mind has to be open for everything that happens and be ready. If we concede, nothing happens, you have 90 minutes to play against them and we want to play for the trophy.”