Building a football team is like building a house. You start with the foundations before you worry about the roof.
That's what Paul Clement has done at Swansea City. In my mind, it's absolutely the right way to go about things. It's never mattered how pretty you are, how much attractive football you play. And particularly when you're fighting relegation, it's all about results. If you want entertainment, go to the palladium.
People talk about confidence, but I think Clement's impact at Swansea owes more to organisation and discipline. He's tightened up the defence and the midfield – and suddenly we look a different team.
We don't need to score at least two or three goals to get a result now. We're scoring the first goal in games. We're keeping clean sheets! It sounds simple, but that professionalism and resilience has been at the heart of Clement's success.
I played with Clement's father Dave and he had the same mentality: win at all costs, and if you can't, make sure you don't lose. Clement would have said 'if we can draw every game 0-0, we'll be doing okay' and the goals have taken care of themselves. When you have players like Llorente and Sigurdsson, they will.
The improvement in players like Alfie Mawson has also been brilliant to see. He's made a difference. Alfie is becoming a wonderful young centre back – he's not there yet – but there's no doubt he'll become one of the real good ones. The thing about Alfie is that he's learning quickly.
Of course, it was a superb strike against Leicester City. And what a surprise it is to see the Foxes down there. Has the burden of Champions League football become too much for them?
Claudio Ranieri is such a good manager, it's hard to know what is going wrong. People have suggested the Leicester players have downed tools, but I don't buy that. Players play to win, it's no different at Leicester.
The problem, for me, has been N'Golo Kante. Or rather the lack of Kante.
Leicester won the league by 10 points last season... now Chelsea are eight points clear? Both had Kante. Coincidence? Not for me.
What I love about Kante is his professionalism. He's nobody's player of the season but he quietly gets about the pitch and snuffs out fires.
In Tom Carroll, Swansea have got themselves a good midfielder but he's no comparison to Kante. The Frenchman is on another level and Swansea will go into their next game with Chelsea with nothing to lose. Even nicking a point seems impossible against Chelsea right now, so it's a shot to nothing and Clement has got a nice break to prepare his players.
Both Carroll and Martin Olsson have been major influences on this run of form. They've improved the team and they both look better players than when I've seen them play in the past, particularly young Tom.
So onto Chelsea. Don't worry about Burnley at home, or Hull away, even though it's tempting. You only look at the next game, regardless of this big break.
It's a no-pressure fixture at Stamford Bridge. Let's enjoy it and if we can remain compact, resilient and hard to beat – which we have been under Clement – who knows? No team will play Chelsea and expect to win.
Everyone is praising Gylfi Sigurdsson at the moment and rightly so. He's got that beautiful ability to score goals from midfield. That's a massive bonus for any team and any manager.
His consistency is unbelievable so it's not a surprise to see people like Graeme Souness say he's good enough to play for Tottenham again.
One thing that baffles me about Gylfi is that he ALWAYS takes our corners. Every time. Yet he's our top goalscorer! There's no net by the corner... my message to Paul Clement is to get Sigurdsson in the box, or on the edge of the penalty area and give the opposition something else to think about.
We're a little too easy to plan against from set pieces and I'm sure that's an area Clement will look to improve, given time. What about Martin Olsson running across and taking a left-footed in-swinging corner? We could use some variety.
No doubt questions will rise again about Sigurdsson's future in the summer, but – if we stay up (which is still not guaranteed, by the way) – it'll be a big test for Clement. He needs to bring in the right players and keep the right ones. He's laid the foundations, but there's a long way to go.