Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel and his team-mates might not be able to qualify for next season’s Champions League after losing 1-0 at home to Bournemouth.
Chelsea’s chances of playing in next year’s UEFA Champions League was dealt a major blow when they slumped to a 1-0 defeat to newcomers Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge, recording their fourth defeat at home in eight defeats so far.
The eighth defeat in 15 Premier League games meant Mourinho and his troops are now 14 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United and the Portuguese tactician had this to say;
“Our objective is to finish top four. Before this game it was realistic to think that our quality would take us out of this position but maybe now we have to think about top six.
“I am concerned of course. There is no chance that Chelsea will be fighting relegation. If our players are not able to give the maximum every day that is a problem.
“If you analyse match after match there are a few layers where it is difficult to be consistent. You think there is evolution, but maybe it is just one moment in which they are good.” Mourinho said as quoted on BBC Sports.
Chelsea are now three points above the relegation zone and 17 points behind leaders Leicester –a team Mourinho some weeks back discarded as title contenders.