Cesc Fabregas - Chelsea can win the title this season
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is convinced his side can retain the Premier League title, despite their disastrous start to the season.
Chelsea head into this weekend's Premier League action just four point clear of the relegation zone and 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, but Fabregas is convinced they can get back into the title race.
"I still believe we can win the league," he told The Sun. "It's not going to be easy but a 10-point gap at this stage of the season is not impossible.
"Last season we took 22 points from our first eight games but this time every team has lost at least one.
"It is a very strange situation for Chelsea to be at the wrong end of the table. And, for most of us at the club, it is the first time we have ever been down there.
"Now we know how it feels and we all hate it. At Chelsea, we always want to be at the top of the Premier League, fighting to win the Champions League, competing for every trophy.
"So it's clear this time we are doing things wrong and our performances have not been at the level required at this club. We have to change that, starting this weekend against Aston Villa."
Fabregas suggested the unpredictability of the Premier League gives Chelsea their best chance to mount a comeback after losing four times in their first eight matches.
"Manchester City lost to West Ham and Tottenham when no one expected it, Manchester United and Arsenal have also dropped points," stated Fabregas.
"No one at Chelsea is happy with our current position but I would prefer to be here now than at the end of the season.
"It's not how we start the campaign, it's where we finish it. There is still almost 80 per cent of the season to go so we have more than enough time to recover. But we need to start that recovery this weekend."
"We are dealing with our problems on the training ground as a group. We must work harder, plan better and compete better than we have.
"The 25 players, the manager and the coaching staff will work together to sort it. No one else will do us any favours."
Fabregas also offered his full backing to boss Jose Mourinho, who is now one of the favourites to be the next Premier League manager to face the sack.
"Jose is the best manager in the history of this club and the best manager we can possibly have. There is no one better to turn this around," he added.
"He always makes the best decisions and I'm sure he will get the best out of us again."