Florent Malouda insists Chelsea need to improve their consistency away from home in the wake of their Liverpool defeat.
Although the Blues have been perfect at Stamford Bridge this term they have now won just three of six on the road after losing 2-0 at Anfield.
Chelsea suffered a slow start against Blackburn recently, but unlike their Ewood Park trip there was no inspired comeback on Sunday.
Malouda was encouraged by his team-mates' second half display, although he recognises that they need to start a little quicker against tougher opponents.
The France international knows teams raise their game for the visit of the champions and that they cannot afford to let their high standards slip.
"I would say it reminded me of our bad start against Blackburn," Malouda told the club's official website.
"Against Blackburn we had a good reaction and could come back into the game but against a good team like Liverpool who were very well organised and with the crowd behind them it was difficult to play.
"In the second half we still had some chances to equalise, but we left it too late. In these massive games you cannot afford to miss the start of the game.
"We need more consistency in our away performances, because from the beginning of the season we had results but we are not always playing with control of the game.
"We know it will be difficult all season, we are the champions and when teams receive the champions at their home it is a good opportunity for them to show they can achieve great performances against good teams."