Jose Mourinho and Chelsea had something to smile about on Saturday after picking up a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, and the English Premier League side will want to keep those smiles intact when they face Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Chelsea have endured a terrible start to the season, with questions being asked about Mourinho's suitability for the job. However, after getting support from the owner Roman Abramovich, Mourinho repaid that leap of faith taken by the Russian by guiding Chelsea to victory over Villa.
It was not the greatest of performances from the Blues – the two goals scored were both off defensive mistakes – but wins, any kind, is what is necessary right now for Chelsea.
Mourinho, no doubt, will have no qualms about come away from Ukraine with a hard-fought, scrappy result, as long as it comes with all three points.
"We just want to win the next match," Mourinho said. "We don't think about where we are in relation to the top of the Premier League table, or how many points to the top of our Champions League group.
"It is important to improve results and at the same time we do that, we improve our game and our confidence. We know how football is."
While Chelsea began this season's UEFA Champions League with an authoritative win against Maccabi Te Aviv, the balloon burst in their next match against FC Porto. With Dyanmo Kyiv and Porto on four points from two matches, Chelsea, a point behind, cannot afford to drop too many more points.
Dynamo Kyiv, aware of the problems that Chelsea have had this season, will know this is as good a time as any to pick up three points against the former Champions League winners. However, Dynamo are coming off a big loss to rivals Shakhtar Donetsk at the weekend, and Serhiy Rebrov will need to ensure his players are not affected by that defeat when it comes to game time on Tuesday.
"I hope our players have recovered mentally from the defeat by Shakhtar," the former Tottenham striker said. "I'm glad we don't have much time to dwell on it, as we have to switch attention to another very important match, and I can't imagine who could motivate the players more than Chelsea in a Champions League game in Kyiv.
"We will try to achieve the level of intensity that they have in the Premier League. In England you don't have more than two or three seconds to think on the pitch. Chelsea are used to that. We've studied their game and Chelsea have lots of good qualities. But they also have problems and we hope to capitalise on that."
Team news: Dynamo Kyiv: Rebrov does not have too many injury worries, with only midfielder Serhiy Rybalka a doubt with a thing problem.
Chelsea: Pedro and Loic Remy have not travelled to Kyiv, while Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic are still on the treatment table.
Where to Watch Live
Chelsea vs Dynamo Kyiv is set to begin at 12.15 am IST (8.45 pm CET, 7.45 pm BST, 2.45 pm ET). Live coverage of the Champions League match in India will be on Ten Sports, with the online live streaming option on Ten Sports Live.
Viewers in UK can watch the Champions League Group C game live on BT Sport2, while the match can also be watched via live streaming online on Watch BT Sport or by downloading the BT Sport app.
US viewers can watch Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea live on ESPN3, while the match can also be live streamed online on FoxSoccer2Go and Watch ESPN. Audience in Canada can watch the Champions League Group G game live on TSN and RDS, while the online live streaming option is on TSN TV.
Viewers inSpain, Australia, France, Middle East and North Africa can watch the Champions League game live on Bein Sports and Bein Sports Connect.