Mauricio Taricco says the two-week break from action following the defeat to Fulham has been difficult to take.
Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is next up for us in the Premiership and the squad members not on international duty have had plenty of time to contemplate the challenge, while also having the extended period to reflect on and try and work the previous result out of the system.
Mauricio admits that he would have much preferred to be straight back in the thick of it.
"No it is not ideal," he pondered. "It was a very bad result for us and hopefully we can turn it around. It is a very difficult place to go and do it, but we are looking forward to it."
Chelsea have been at the centre of media attention since the takeover by new owner Roman Abramovich and the cast list has changed dramatically since the end of last season.
Claude Makelele and Hernan Crespo were the latest big-name recruits to arrive in SW6, joining fellow new boys Geremi, Wayne Bridge, Glen Johnson, Joe Cole, Damien Duff Adrian Mutu, Juan Veron, Marco Ambrosio and Neil Sullivan.
"It is nice to be tested by these names and play against them," added Mauricio. "Hopefully we'll have a solid game - similar to the one we had against Liverpool - and I think we'll do alright if we can do that."