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Published: 12:17 | 16/12/15

Mourinho admits Chelsea top four struggle


Jose Mourinho has admitted that Chelsea may not qualify for next season's Champions League after watching his side lose 1-0 to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

The loss was the league champions' eighth of a desperately disappointing title defence, leaving them 17 points behind leaders Leicester City and 14 points off the Champions League places.

Mourinho feels the Chelsea players and himself are to blame for the club's current predicament - absolving owner Roman Abramovich and the club board of any responsibility - and fears they will be unable to close the gap to the top four.

"Our objective is to finish top four," he said. "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.

"Let's think about winning the next game and forget targets. To fix targets at this moment with our inconsistency is difficult. The owner and the board are not responsible for the bad moments. The responsibility for the bad moment is my responsibility and the players' responsibility.

"I explain the inconsistency with unlucky details. You cannot have bigger details than one penalty that is not given and one goal offside that decides the game. We are always unlucky in these little details.

"But apart from that, inconsistency has also to do with individual inconsistency.

"With some players, you don't know when they are performing really well and when the performances is below level, it's difficult.

"When you get good momentum and good consecutive results, it's because you have stability in performances.

"Stability in performances has a big relation with individual performances and we had today again a couple that you need more, you expect more and they don't give enough."

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