Chelsea have vowed to put right their recent mistakes and get their campaign back on track with FA Cup victory at Southend on Wednesday night.
Blues manager Luiz Felipe Scolari accepted following the comprehensive 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United on Sunday - watched by former boss Jose Mourinho - that his side are not playing well enough to secure silverware of any description come May.
However, the squad remain determined to avoid any more slip-ups and midfielder John Mikel Obi said: "We are football players, top football players - and no one likes losing. You get things going wrong like this, and it depends how we get on with it and try to fix everything right now."
He added: "In this time we have to show our strong character, remain as a family and get things right.
"It helps to have a game so soon. It is a good game to go out and make sure we win."
Defender Ricardo Carvalho feels the players must stand up and be counted.
"We have to mark our men. This time we didn't mark our men, and goal after goal it is getting worse for us," the Portugal international told ChelseaTV.
"Our mistake (against Manchester United) was the corner, and we conceded a goal in the last minute of the first half.
"After that, it was difficult to react. We tried, but the second goal killed us.
"We are conceding too many goals at set-plays. We have no pace; we are a little bit slow. But we have quality in this squad."
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