Blues showing 'flashes' of their best
Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland believes the squad showed ‘flashes’ of their best as they claimed a controversial 4-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday.
The result moves the Stamford Bridge outfit to second spot on the Premier League table and improves the recent record to six games undefeated in all competitions.
And Holland believes the Jose Mourinho’s men are starting to find their flow.
“I think you see flashes of it,” Holland said. “There aren't many teams at the moment who are hitting that maximum level consistently … it's a sign of progress.
“It's an impossibility to be rolling along beautifully week after week after week.
“What you have got to accept is that when you're flowing things flow, when you're not flowing you've still got to get results that give you a chance of being around for the titles.
“That's what we're doing at the moment that perhaps we haven't always managed to do previously.
“The objective at Chelsea is always to win the league.
“At Christmas time for the last two seasons we've been out of the race.
“As long as we're within range and close when we get to the business end, the last few weeks, then I think we have a good chance.
“We have a manager who has been there before and seen it and done it and we have a group of players that I think are growing as the season goes on, becoming more consistent and are young enough to also improve as the season goes on.”
However, with the positives came the negatives as the club’s defence again came under scrutiny as a David Luiz mistake allowed Jordon Mutch to score the opener for Cardiff.
But rather than single out Luiz for condemnation, Holland believed the lapse was a string of errors committed by the Blues’ defence.
“I wouldn't say that David made a mistake,” Holland said.
“It was a mistake from our defenders' and our goalkeeper's point of view in that the goalkeeper thought the defender was going to deal with it and the defender thought the goalkeeper was going to deal with it.
“It's not something that is characteristic. I can't remember the last time something like that happened.”
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.