Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has now given up on Chelsea’s fight for the title after losing at home to Leicester City on Saturday.
The game was Chelsea’s first home defeat of the season and third defeat this season. Chelsea now find themselves 11 points behind leaders Liverpool, and Sarri has admitted it’ll be a tough gap to close.
Sarri has now insisted that he will focus on a top four finish for Chelsea this season, with the Blues missing out on a Champions League spot last season.
Chelsea are level on points with Arsenal but the Blues occupy fourth based on a superior goal difference, while Tottenham are two points ahead of Chelsea and could increase the gap to five points if they beat Everton today.
“It was impossible from the beginning of the season,” Sarri told BBC Sport.
“As I said at the beginning of the Premier League it is impossible to catch Liverpool and Manchester City, we have to be careful to stay close to the first four positions.”
Chelsea’s surge forward would have been given a lift as Manchester City also lost at home to Crystal Palace, but Chelsea failed to capitalise on that.
Chelsea were looking comfortable before Jamie Vardy grabbed the only goal of the game six minutes into the second-half.
Sarri said about the game: “The match changed after the goal.
“We played well for 55 minutes, after the goal the reaction was not the right reaction. We reacted a little shocked and with mental confusion.
“We had to only keep playing like we did before the goal, there was time to recover.
“I think that of course in some situations we were unlucky but I think that we could have done something better.”