We’re long overdue a victory against the Blues on their own patch – you have to go back to February, 1990, for the last time we achieved such an outcome, with our London rivals having won 17 of our 25 top-flight meetings at Stamford Bridge since. The other eight matches have ended with honours even.
But Nacer says the players are solely focused on the here and now and the Belgian international has his heart set on a swift return to winning ways against Guus Hiddink’s charges on Monday evening, following the deflating home draw with West Bromwich Albion last week.
“We don’t look at that (our record at Stamford Bridge) because we’re a different team,” he insisted. “We know what we’re capable of and we will give everything again. Of course, it’s nice if we can change the record and do well but we are just looking at ourselves and how we’re going to play.
“We were obviously disappointed about the result last week – we deserved better but that’s football sometimes. We deserved it but we didn’t get it and now we have to look forward. We still have three games to go and we have to try to win all three.”
So does Nacer feel confident that the team can brush off the pain of last week’s result and hit the heights once more against the Blues?
“Of course. We are very professional and we always motivate ourselves to do the best we can so I don’t expect any change for the last three games,” he said. “We just have to show the character that we’ve been showing before and keep going.”