Mason Mount insists Chelsea can still finish in the top four this season because the race for Champions League places is “very open.”
Chelsea are stuck in 11th place after six games and they are yet to win at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard’s reign this season.
But Chelsea midfielder Mount says they must turn Stamford Bridge into a fortress will follow to compete with the likes of Tottenham , Arsenal and Manchester United in the battle to finish in the top four.
Mount said: “Look at the table, how many good teams there are – it’s very open and obviously we are looking to secure that top position so we just need to keep working hard. We know how difficult this league is.
“We need to stay concentrated and switched on. We need to keep working hard and hopefully build these three points.
“Of course [we need to win at home], but if you look at the games we have had we can take positives from every game we have had. We need to win games at home, that’s a big focus.
“We are doing well away and now the focus is building that fortress at home and when teams come here they know it will be a tough game.
“We are going through a spell when we are getting little bits here and there wrong and we are getting punished for it. So I think we have always got to stay positive.
“We are positive straight after the game, focusing now on our next two games, at home and wanting to win them. Look, they are difficult games, but I think once you get that first home win and get that momentum building, then hopefully we can carry that on.”
Chelsea were condemned to defeat by Liverpool on Sunday just five days after losing to Valencia in the Champions League and the two setbacks are part of a hard learning process.
But Mount was honest about Chelsea’s failings and what has been the biggest problem for them this season with Lampard giving so many inexperienced players a chance.
Mount said: “It is set-pieces that are causing some trouble. Liverpool scored two and when you go 2-0 down then it is quite tough to get back into the game. I thought we were at the end but if you switch off at set-pieces at this level then you get punished.
“It happened twice so that’s something we will look at and we have been looking at. We need to keep working on it.
“I thought they didn’t create much in open play. So I think we just need to be concentrated when the ball goes out of play so we are switched on and ready for anything to happen.”
Mount even admits that he has been surprised at his own progress under Lampard this season as he has been thrust into the starting line-up and is a mainstay of the team.
Lampard’s faith in young players has given Mount a look-in and England a boost with Mount clearly relishing the opportunity,
Mount added: “For me I thought I would try and work hard, learn off the boys and work my way into the team. Obviously, for me, going into pre-season, that was my main focus.
“To show the manager that I was ready, even though I didn’t think I would be starting the games. But showing him that I was ready to come on and prove to him that I can start games, but obviously starting games at the beginning is a massive confidence builder.
“I’ve been loving it and just learning from each game, every day in training, and nights, games like this where you learn the most that what you play football for. So loving every minute, and loving the game.”