Chelsea’s captain John Terry has called for the troops to rally.
Following players and manager publicly asking Liverpool players to step up – and the subsequent 3-0 win in the Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfied – Terry has urged his players to transform their campaign, currently on teetering on the brink into "one of our best seasons ever".
Chelsea faces Napoli at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League and needs to overturn a 3-1 deficit.
Terry’s rallying cry was targeted towards senior players in the squad that may be playing their last game for the club in the Champions League.
"That might be the case," said Terry. "Naturally, we have players who will be out of contract and others in negotiations over their current deals. I'm hoping many stay but the key factor with players coming into this club is that we have to be playing Champions League football next year. We need to be in the competition for financial reasons and also to be able to attract the best players.
"We understand, as a group, what we need to do to ensure that happens and we'll do everything we can to make sure it does. It's been difficult and frustrating this season, and I'm not happy with the position we're inthe league, but there are an awful lot of games to go. We've seen Tottenham Hotspur drop points of late, so if we get on a run we can maybe turn it around still. And, given we're still in the FA Cup as well, if we go through this could yet be one of our best seasons ever."
"This match could be one of the great nights of Chelsea's history and kickstart our run-in to the season. In [the interim first-team coach] Robbie and I, you won't find two people who care more about this football club. We represent Chelsea and have blue blood. We'll give that fiery atmosphere in the dressing room and take it on to the pitch, and hope everyone feeds off that. As a group, we're determined to make things happen."
"In my mind, the only way to overcome that is to come through this match, kick on and go on and win this competition. It's the one trophy missing from our cabinet. I've got a few years in me yet, and I really hope I can bring this trophy to the Bridge."