Chelsea have lost only twice in six matches since the humiliating defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on February 10.
Chelsea had been on a poor run of form, losing to Arsenal 2-0, losing to Bournemouth 4-0, then another heavy loss to Manchester City 6-0 before also bowing out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s form was terrible, and the Blues were looking like a side that has collapsed despite having had a good start to the season.
Maurizio Sarri’s job was under threat since the defeat to United and rumours claimed that he had the next three games against Malmo, Manchester City and Tottenham to save his job. Surprisingly, Chelsea have looked a different side since then and have put in some strong performances by beating Tottenham 2-0 and played a difficult game against Man City in the Carabao Cup final but lost only on penalties.
Chelsea winger Pedro has revealed the players demanded a change in form, saying “this is enough”, after the embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Manchester City.
“We said ‘this is enough’,” Pedro told Sky Sports. “I spoke during the week about the situation [with my team-mates], but now we’re all focusing on reaching the top four.
“It’s the most important thing for us until the end, to try to win every game. They’re all finals because it’s so important to get points, try to win every game and if not, it’s going to be so difficult to qualify.”
Sarri has also revealed that he has made some changes to Chelsea’s tactics and that has helped the team pick back form.
Asked what he changed that improved Chelsea’s performances, Sarri replied: “Tactically we changed only the line of pressing sometimes.
“We are trying to play in the same way. Probably mentally. The final was really very important for us. We lost 6-0 in Manchester two weeks before and then, in the final, we were able to play at the same level as them.
“That was really very important for our minds, for our confidence.”
Pedro has also been in good form in recent games and has produced his best form since joining Chelsea having scored eight goals in 16 league appearances this term, which puts him just one away from matching his record Premier League tally.
Pedro has revealed that the manager’s methods have helped him a lot.
“It’s probably the best form I’ve been in,” the former Barcelona star continued. “Maurizio is very clear with his ideas and that’s good for me because I run, press high and recover the ball. I stay close to the target to score goals and help my team – that’s good.
“I speak with him a lot about my role on the pitch and I’m comfortable playing high, and I like it.”