Chelsea failed to move up the points table as they suffered another setback at the hands of AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho witnessed an eighth defeat in 15 Premier League games, meaning the Blues are 14 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United. The defending champions have been under immense pressure since the start of the season as they have failed to win matches.
After the worse start to the campaign, the Portuguese boss called for the fans’ support and hinted that Chelsea would finish in the top four, qualifying for the next seasons’ Champions League. However, after the recent narrow defeat it seems impossible for the men in Blue to finish in top six positions.
“Our objective is to finish top four”, said Jose Mourinho. “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.”
The hosts looked hungry for the win as they pressed on their opponents early in the first half, creating goal-scoring opportunities but failed to convert those half chances. Chelsea’s best opportunity came when Nemanja Matic headed over the cross bar from inside the six yard box in second half. Mourinho left former Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa on the bench for the second consecutive match.
Glenn Murray, who came on as a substitute, scored the winner for the Cherries in an equally contested clash. The English striker Murray with his first touch struck the decisive blow with just eight minutes from normal time remaining. The visitors earned three vital points to stay above the bottom three English clubs.
Chelsea, who lie 14th in the table, now just three points above the relegation zone and 17 points behind the leaders Leicester. Earlier in the day, Manchester City lost its grip at the top of the table after an away loss at Britannia Stadium and Leicester City took full advantage of the slip up. IMAGE/Getty Images