Didier Drogba has said that key victories against Tottenham and the Manchester United will turn their season around. Chelsea have won just two matches out of the last eight in all competitions, a slump that threatens to end their hopes of retaining the league title they won, along with the FA Cup, last season.

Their implosion over the last few weeks has coincided with the removal of assistant first-team coach Ray Wilkins, although boss Carlo Ancelotti insists his departure has nothing to do with the loss of form, especially now they’ve beaten Fulham.

The Blues now face Gareth Bale and Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Manchester United at home and Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, and Drogba insists that victories over all three could turn their season around.

“It’s not getting any easier because we have Tottenham next,” Drogba said. “Maybe everyone will expect us to lose on Sunday, but it could be different.

I see Tottenham as genuine title rivals now. They are having a good season and there is no reason why they can’t challenge. Chelsea used to beat them regularly but things change, that’s life, but it is up to us to make it happen again.