JON OBI MIKEL believes Jose Mourinho is beginning to instil a winning mentality into Chelsea's players, who are starting to realise that second is not good enough for the Blues.
Mourinho's men are well placed to win silverware this season and Mikel believes it is imperative his teammates understand that winning every game matters, after recent seasons where Chelsea's focus has slipped in some competitions.
"If you don't play for Chelsea, you don't know what these trophies mean to this club," Mikel said. "It's not a team where if you come second, third or fourth, it doesn't matter. Every year you have to win something and this is the pressure.
"It's a matter of letting them know what it means when you come to the end of the season, what the Premier League and Champions League means to this club."
Chelsea won the 2012 Champions League and 2013 Europa League, but finished 25 and 14 points adrift in the league in the last two seasons and have won the title once since Mourinho's departure, in 2009/10. Just eight members of that squad remain.
Since the extra-time League Cup quarter-final loss at Sunderland, Chelsea have won four of their five games, conceding one goal, in a productive festive period.
The Blues sit third in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Arsenal, and play Stoke in the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 2-0 win at Championship promotion hopefuls Derby on Sunday.
"He's like a manager-player, because he does exactly what you tell him to do in terms of position," Mourinho said of Mikel, who he signed in his first spell as Chelsea manager.