Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech concedes that the club's season is likely to be shaped by events over the next nine days.
The Blues have found the going tough at times in 2012/13, with an early exit from the UEFA Champions League and a mid-season change in the dugout doing little for stability and consistency.
Chelsea are, however, still looking to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, defend their FA Cup crown and land another continental title in the form of the Europa League.
Four games in the space of a hectic week will go a long way to deciding how they fare in each of those competitions, and Cech admits the capital outfit have reached a critical stage of their campaign.
He told The Times: "We need a great week, starting with Southampton (on Saturday).
"If we have a great week, everyone will have a different view of our season, the manager and the current situation.
"We play Southampton away and can move away from the teams who are competing with us for a top-four ...