John Terry has moved to calm any fears among Chelsea fans that they are heading for a wobble in form that could derail their march to the Premier League title this season.
Sunday saw Loic Remy score a crucial late goal at Hull City to give Jose Mourinho's men a victory they looked like they were going to throw away after giving up a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Blues fans could have been excused for thinking their dream of lifting the Premier League trophy come May was going down the drain after the disappointments at home to Paris Saint-Germain and Southampton.
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Terry believes the win over Hull, which at one point looked like they could lose, was priceless going into the international break and praised the character in the team, claiming the club's veterans have what it takes to guide them through their rough patch.
“Showing the character is what we have been about for years and this season too. I’m delighted for us to come back and win the game," he told reporters after the game.
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“When you set the standard so high as we have done from the word go, then start dropping points at home and go out of the Champions League, once again it comes back down to character.
“It’s immense in the dressing room, there is an awful lot of experience in there. It will serve the younger lads well, too. It was an important three points at Hull going into the international break.
"For everyone to dwell over that for two weeks was massive. We showed great character. The importance of the win showed on the players’ faces and manager’s afterwards. It’s exciting. Everyone won on the Saturday, we had to come to Hull and win before the international break - it was huge."
Despite the win over Steve Bruce's man, Chelsea have not been looking in great shape over the last couple of weeks and they were punished for this subdued form in the last 16 Champions League clash with PSG.
Going into the match having managed a 1-1 draw in Paris, they were hot favourites to proceed but headers from David Luiz and Thiago Silva late in normal and extra time respectively sent them out on away goals.
Mourinho's men followed this up by giving up another lead at home to Southampton the weekend after, giving the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United hope they could be let back into the title race.
Get Real, An Implosion Isn't Happening
This is a Mourinho team and the last three games are as big an 'implosion' we are likely to see from them. The Portuguese has struggled to get some energy into his players recently, but don't expect that to last long.
Talk of the Stamford Bridge club throwing away their lead is pretty farfetched considering they are six points ahead of closest rivals City and have a game in hand - it's not gonna happen people!
Two weeks of an international break will be enough time for Mourinho to at least get his players organised ahead of their next Premier League match at home to Stoke City on April 4.
Expect to see them go into lockdown at Stamford Bridge; Mourinho once described winning a match 1-0 as "one of the easiest things in football" and you can bet that he is more likely to do that for the closing stages of the campaign in response to the slight wobble.
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