Former Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge believes that his old side’s hopes of a top four finish this season are all but over.
The Blues have endured a woeful start to 2015/16, with Saturday’s shock loss at home to Bournemouth leaving them on just 15 points after 15 games.
This tally means that they’re already 14 adrift of Manchester United in fourth, while rivals such as Liverpool, Spurs and Leicester have emerged as genuine candidates to take Chelsea’s position in the top four.
And Bridge, speaking to 888poker.com, revealed that he thinks his former team are already too far off the pace when it comes to finishing in the Champions League qualification zone:
“I speak to people who think it’s not out of reach but for me personally they would have to do something spectacular and it only takes a draw or two. It’s a big ask.”
Bridge played for Chelsea between 2003 and 2009, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.
The former England international famously fell out with former team-mate John Terry regarding off-field problems.
Read the full and frank interview – including Wayne’s behind-the-scenes take on Mourinho and Ranieri – here.