And all of a sudden Chelsea taking on Brighton at Stamford Bridge looks like it means so much more. For the second time already this season, for the second time since late September, Mauricio Pochettino waits to host the Seagulls with so much riding on the result.
When the two teams met in the Carabao Cup it was off the back of two defeats in three, back-to-back-to-back goalless games and became the first team of any substance that Chelsea had beaten to that point. The Blues were struggling with only four points from six games and wins against Luton and Wimbledon the only sparks of positivity.
A lot changed with the win over Brighton as confidence started to flow. Pochettino's men went on to win their next two, scoring six times, and drew with Arsenal. This time round it's crisis mode activated again.
Despite a better run of just one loss in eight games including matches with the Gunners, Tottenham and Manchester City, the 4-1 defeat to Newcastle has changed much of the feeling at Stamford Bridge.Pressure is now on Pochettino and the run of games coming up still has a worrying look.
Brighton are now coming with confidence after beating Nottingham Forest last time out, just their first domestic victory in eight attempts. Scattered in there are two wins over Ajax, remarkably. De Zerbi's men will be out to make life much tougher for Pochettino though and even a trip to Old Trafford and Manchester United carries immense threat for the Blues in their current plight.
For that reason Pochettino has upped the heat on himself, the players and the club as a whole with some harsh words coming in the aftermath of defeat at St. James' Park on Saturday. Here, football.london explores what can be seen from the training pictures releasedRead on football.london