Jose Mourinho has given up hopes of guiding Chelsea to a Champions League spot finish this season after going down 1-0 at home to newly promoted Bournemouth on Saturday.
It was the Blues eight league defeat of the season as they now sit three points above relegation zone.
Glenn Murray’s close range header gave the Cherries a famous victory at Stamford Bridge as the Blues’ 43-game run without defeat against a newly promoted side at home came to an end and they failed to score in an home game since May 2014.
“I don’t know how we lost this game. Especially in the second half, the team played more than well enough to win the game,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after the game.
“The referee made an important mistake but that’s part of the game and when our opponents were thinking about defending and keeping a clean sheet, they scored the goal.
“Our objective is to fight for top four, but maybe now we have to think of finishing top six.
“I was concerned before this game as I was not happy with the position, and so you can imagine now (how I feel) with this defeat at home.
“Chelsea obviously won’t be fighting for relegation – that’s not the point. The problem is our objective is to finish top four.
“Before today it was OK to feel that with our quality we can win games in a row to push us up to that position before the end of December.”
Chelsea will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to Portugal on Wednesday night to play FC Porto in the Champions League where they need maximum three points to progress to the round of 16.