Chelsea ran away with the Premier League title last season after a dominant campaign for the Blues.
The champions have struggled in their bid to retain the Premier League while Manchester City have asserted their dominance on the title race, with City topping the second team with 13 points.
Antonio Conte has become increasingly outspoken over the club’s transfer policy in recent weeks, and the Italian has now admitted that he needs three quality signings to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around.
Asked what Chelsea needed to do to catch City, Conte said: “Now we have to struggle to fight for a Champions League place – that is top. We must be realistic. We must be strong to accept this type of situation.
“Then, in the future, if there is the possibility, you have to try to buy only two or three players – not eight players. Don’t forget, this summer, we brought in eight players and spent a lot less than other teams who bought only two or three.”