Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that spirits in his Chelsea squad had hit an all time low during their recent slump in form, and that there was a bad atmosphere.
Chelsea dropped from top to 5th in the Premier League, as well as being knocked out of both domestic cup competitions.
Their season does look to be turning a corner however, with a solid 2-0 win away to Copenhagen in the Champions League and their 2-1 victory at home over Manchester United on Tuesday provided more encouragement.
“A lot of times in the past, I’ve said the atmosphere is good,” said Ancelotti.
“Sometimes it wasn’t really good because the players had more difficulties to train, with less confidence. Now the confidence has improved with the results.
“The atmosphere is really good.
“The players are training well with confidence and ability, so I have confidence in the future.”
He also pointed out, “When you win against United, it means you’re good enough to play against stronger teams.
“So this result obviously improves your confidence.”
Chelsea are still a long way off the leaders, but Arsenals draw and Uniteds loss at the weekend gives them a good chance to make up some ground against Blackpool tonight at Bloomfield Road.
“It’s the wrong way to prepare by thinking it will be easier against Blackpool than United,” he said.
“We have to be more in focus against them than against United.
“It’s easy to stay focused against United because there’s so much attention on the game, and a lot of pressure.
“There is less pressure against Blackpool, so my aim is to maintain their focus.