Begovic works on the positives
Asmir Begovic is confident Chelsea can turn their disappointing Premier League campaign round – just as Bosnia & Herzegovina have done in Europe.
The Dragons started their 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign with a home defeat to Cyprus and failed to win any of their opening four rounds of matches, but have rallied to reach the play-offs, in which they now face the Republic of Ireland over two legs.
The nation has got its "positive energy" back and Begovic feels Chelsea – who have lost an unprecedented seven league games already this season – can do the same.
"That's what football is, a very short-term game," he said after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at his former club Stoke City. "A couple of things go your way and you start getting a couple of results, then you get a good feeling, and it goes from there really.
"It snowballs one way or the other. When it goes into a negative way, you've just got to try and keep working hard to turn it around and you sort of need that plug to make it happen."
Despite the disappointing campaign for the Blues, Begovic is adamant he made the right decision leaving the Potters, having played regularly in Thibaut Courtois's absences so far this term. "I took the biggest challenge, the biggest option, the biggest club, the biggest pressure," he adds. "So far it's been challenging but that's what football's about."
The next obstacle for Asmir is the Republic of Ireland, with the first leg taking place in Zenica this Friday.
"I know many stories of people coming from Australia, America to watch these games," he reveals. "The fans are very passionate, very proud of their country, and it's something we will feed off."