London: Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is confident the Blues' shaky start to the season is over. Three defeats from their opening five matches left Chelsea on the edge of the relegation zone in the English Premier League but back-to-back wins over Maccabi Tel Aviv and Arsenal have steadied the ship.
Jose Mourinho's side begin the defence of their League Cup crown when they travel to Walsall today and Matic believes Saturday's victory over the Gunners has transformed the mood in the camp.
"The game was important to win to get some more confidence — I can say for myself I'm feeling better, when you win the feeling is always better," Matic told chelseafc.com. "We looked better on the pitch. Maybe mentally we are stronger. We had more pressure than normal before the game because we only had four points. We recognised the situation. It was time to win. We played like one on the pitch and we fought for every ball. This is just the beginning."
Walsall have enjoyed a strong start to the season in League One, where they sit second in the table after losing only one of their eight games so far. Mourinho is likely to field a weakened side today, with a visit to Newcastle to come on Saturday.