Despite winning eight of 10 league games this term, Jose Mourinho’s men have appeared to struggle in recent weeks, with the last minute equaliser at Manchester United downing the squad into tough-fought victories over Shrewsbury and QPR, before claiming a draw in Slovenia against Maribor.
November has been a tricky month for the Blues in recent history, with more games lost in the month than any other in the last 10 years, holding a win percentage of less than 50%. They have circumvented almost half the month under Mourinho this campaign, remaining undefeated, and all-but guaranteeing their progression into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
However, the West Londoners face their toughest test of the month at the weekend, with Liverpool - despite faltering themselves this season - still possessing the quality to defeat Chelsea when required. Head coach Brendan Rodgers rested a number of key first-team stars for the Reds 1-0 loss at Real Madrid on Tuesday night, meaning that his playing squad will be much fresher than the Blues side - who utilised an almost full-strength side in the draw with Maribor.
Gary Cahill - left out of the action in Slovenia - will be set to return to the heart of the Blues defence on Saturday, and he is keen to see the club dispel their November record this season, and the England international believes that keeping the playing squad as fresh as possible will be key in them passing through the month unscathed.
Speaking to Standard Sport, the 28-year-old said: “We have started November okay but we need to keep it going.
“We hope this season will be different compared to previous years. There is no particular reason why we seem to have a blip in November every year.
“We’re playing great football, scoring goals and when we do concede, we’re keeping it down to one.
“The key thing now is to make sure the players keep fresh and rest up. There has been a lot of travelling lately, plus games within a short period. We need to be as fresh as we can because it’s a long season.”
A win for the Blues would see them move 15 points clear of the Merseyside club, also widening the gap with second placed Southampton to seven points.