“It was necessary that we turned things around but we came from a long streak of games, then we had the international break and we had five days afterwards where we didn’t feel the same,” Thomas Tuchel told a press conference after Chelsea’s 6-0 win over Southampton.
“So it was not a huge turnaround, it was not necessary to change everything, but it was the moment for us, I had the feeling, to tell the group the truth, my honest opinion, and tell them as a part of the group this is how I feel.
“And so the message was clear, and obviously everybody took it in the right way, I included myself in the message, and so it was necessary to step up.
“It is on the players to live up to what we play and they did it in an impressive manner.”
“So it’s now a time to move on because we’ve found what makes us strong and it was another proof of that and we keep on going.”
Chelsea picked up two home defeats after the international break, 4-1 to Brentford and 3-1 to Real Madrid.
They did react in style, hammering Southampton 6-0 – but now, they need to do the same at Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.