Chelsea trio key to dragging the Blues out of their persistent lull

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As Chelsea prepare to welcome a decent Southampton outfit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, they will realise the importance of a win in order to raise confidence levels and get their season back on track.

The Blues' troubled start seemed to have been dealt with after Jose Mourinho's men picked up three wins from three against Maccabi Tel Aviv, Arsenal and Walsall - scoring ten and conceding just once in the process - but the draw against Newcastle and defeat to Porto in their last two games shows that they are yet to find their feet in the new season.

In these worrying times of doubt and low confidence, Mourinho's side need someone that they can look up to on the field of play; someone who will inspire his team-mates to raise their games; to fight for every ball; to play as champions and win matches. 


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Chelsea, of course, have players of such calibre, but it's up to them to step up to the plate. Here are three such players:

1. John Terry

The Chelsea captain has seen it all. He was there when the west Londoners lifted their first Premier League title in 2005 under Mourinho and when they retained it in 2006.

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He was there when Chelsea lifted it again in 2010 but failed to retain it in 2011. The 34-year-old is the most senior Chelsea player and now is the time he needs to bring all his experience to the fore.

As captain, he needs to get on the pitch and push his troops to give their very best, because that is what it will take to finally kick-start their season.

2. Eden Hazard 

Chelsea's star and Premier League golden boy. Since his evolution in the 2013/14 season, the young Belgium international has proven pivotal to most of Chelsea's stunning displays.

During the second half of last season, when those around him dipped in form, Hazard practically dragged Chelsea across the finish line with fantastic displays which won him both the PFA and PWA award.

His performances were so magnificent, in fact, that Mourinho rated him amongst the top three footballers in the world. This season, however, Hazard has failed to replicate such high standards and Chelsea are suffering as a result.

The 24-year-old can and will rediscover his form, and what better time to do so than before the international break and against Southampton - a team he scored a beautiful solo goal against last season.

3. Diego Costa 

Costa came to the Premier League last season and instantly hit the ground running with seven goals in four games, and despite a host of injuries and suspensions throughout finished the season with 20 goals in 26 games and was recognized as one of the best strikers in the world.

He came to fill the void left by Didier Drogba - a Chelsea legend - who consistently dragged Chelsea through bad periods during his prime.

The Ivorian was a player who led from the front and inspired his team-mates on and off the pitch, and whilst his mentality is one that shouldn't be aspired towards, Costa must start performing to similarly lead his struggling side forward.

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