Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that his side’s objective this season is now to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
The Blues slumped to their eighth Premier League defeat yesterday at the hands of Bournemouth, with the newly promoted side winning 1-0 after Glenn Murray’s late strike.
The defeat leaves the reigning Champions only three points above the relegation places and a long way of the division frontrunners.
Mourinho, who continues to be under increasing pressure, has stated that a place in the top four is the Stamford Bridge club’s objective this term.
“Our objective is to finish top four,” the Portuguese told BBC Sport.
“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.”
Chelsea’s demise this season has opened up an opportunity for the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool to potentially win a space back in the top four and qualify for Europe’s top tournament.
The Blues’ side is loaded with world-class players, but the team has not played to their considerable promise this term.