Chelsea recorded a convincing win on their travels in Europe this week and, in truth, their performances have been improving for a while.
But the trip to an on fire Tottenham at the weekend (Sunday at Noon, White Hart Lane) will provide a much more accurate gauge of whether Chelsea have recovered from the early season slump which has left them miles off the pace in the league.
One thing that this season seems to be teaching us is that poor old Pedro is likely to be seen a squad player whichever top team he goes to.
After a quick start to his Chelsea career his lack of physical presence has perhaps gone against him and it’s hard to see a way past Eden Hazard and Willian into this Blues side right now.
Unless one of them them plays in the hole or suffers an injury, it looks like Pedro has swapped a cameo role at Barcelona for one at Chelsea.
John Terry and Ramires are both carrying knocks but should both be called on to start if fit as we think Jose will revert to 2 defensive midfielders against a very good side.
We would also like to see Kenedy get another run out as he has been more mobile and impressive than Cesc or Oscar this season.