After humiliating away defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City in the Premier League, all eyes are on Chelsea to see how they respond.
Blues manager Maurizio Sarri may be stubborn in his methods of trying to influence an attacking style of football at Stamford Bridge and that is something fans may have to accept.
But quite simply the personnel has to change and Sarri can’t keep standing by players that aren’t delivering consistently enough.
Marcos Alonso and Ross Barkley are often scapegoated by angry fans, but the duo really shouldn’t be considered regular starters moving forward and need an indefinite spell on the sidelines.
Alonso, who cost £24million (Sky Sports), appears to have lost all defensive instincts this season and is falling apart at left-back.
The 28-year-old really doesn’t seem the right fit with Sarri and has to be taken out of the firing line for an extended period of time.
His teammate Emerson Palmieri should be given a run of games at starting XI to try prove he can do better and Chelsea can afford to stay loyal to title winner Alonso when he’s in such form.
The Spanish full-back was run ragged in the 6-0 hammering to Manchester City at the weekend and that has to be the final straw.
Barkley, who Chelsea snapped up for £15million (BBC), is another who has been testing the patience of supporters this season.
The 25-year-old English midfielder has shown glimpses of his quality, but the consistency is non-existent and he made no impact against Manchester City.
It seems criminal that he continues to stay in the mix for selection when Ruben Loftus-Cheek is sat on the bench.
Chelsea surely have to experiment around after such heavy defeats, with Barkley and Alonso the best candidates to be dropped by Sarri.