Ryan Bertrand believes everyone is still searching for consistency ahead of the eighth round of Barclays Premier League matches.
Bertrand, who was back in league action for the first time during the 3-1 win against Swansea City last weekend, returns to Stamford Bridge on Saturday for only the second time as Saints look to see off Chelsea.
José Mourinho’s men currently have just eight points from their opening seven games, and while Bertrand admits he expects Saturday’s opponents to get it right eventually, the pressure is firmly on them this weekend.
“It’s possibly a bigger game for them than it is for us, considering last year was probably a bigger game for us,” Bertrand told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“We were on a good run and we really wanted to perform well and keep it going, whereas now they are in a sticky patch and we’re going there full of confidence.
“It should be an interesting game. They are the champions and they have fantastic individuals. It’s still early days in respect to them and I’m sure they will pull it together soon and everyone will be talking about them again.
“The Swansea game was big for us in terms of getting the win we needed. There’s a lot of movement within the league still,” Bertrand continued.
“One win can do you wonders, one loss can be terrible. It’s all about establishing consistency and hopefully we can get a good result at the weekend.”
Bertrand believes Saints are in good shape as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, and he’s delighted to be back playing his part for Ronald Koeman’s side.
“It’s good to be back and playing football. It’s always frustrating when you’re watching the boys training and playing matches and you can’t be out there,” Bertrand added.
“No two seasons are ever going to be the same. If you don’t quite get the result against a team you did last season at a certain stage, it puts more emphasis on getting a result the next time you play.
“It’s all about balancing the fixtures out. We’re in a good position. Every team has a slow start and we’ve managed to patch that up.
“We’re looking good and we are going into the game on Saturday with plenty of confidence.”