Gary Cahill has revealed that he asked boss Antonio Conte for a break in an effort to help his Chelsea teammates rediscover their form.
Conte gave the Chelsea first-team squad some time off from training before they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 on Monday night.
The win eased the pressure on the Italian after the Blues' back-to-back Premier League defeats against Bournemouth and Watford.
And skipper Cahill admits he felt that a number of days off in between the fixtures helped to remove the 'bad feelings' around the club.
'I mentioned the idea of taking more days off to the coach,' the 32-year-old said. 'I just felt that there were a lot of bad feelings around the place. It was important for everyone mentally to get away.
'Sometimes it's unhealthy to be in the same environment all of the time, especially when there is a lot of negativity around for whatever reason. This was the first time I could remember this season that we had a free week in between games.
'I thought it was a great opportunity to mentally freshen our minds up and physically freshen the bodies up. Everyone knows we do a lot of physical training on top of the games we are playing.'