Mourinho admits doubts more than top four

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admitted his group may well not be capable to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League following losing 1- at residence to Bournemouth.

An eighth defeat in 15 Premier League games signifies the champions are 14 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

“Our objective is to finish best 4,” stated Mourinho.

“Prior to this game it was realistic to feel that our high quality would take us out of this position but maybe now we have to consider about leading six.”

Chelsea are now three points above the relegation zone and 17 points behind leaders Leicester.

Mourinho added: “I am concerned of course. There is no possibility that Chelsea will be fighting relegation.”

But right after saying he had no issue with a squad night out in midweek, he did question his players’ consistency following a poor run that has also seen them suffer property defeats by Crystal Palace, Southampton and Liverpool in the league this season.

“If our players are not able to give the maximum each and every day that is a difficulty,” he added. “If you analyse match after match there are a few layers exactly where it is tough to be constant. You think there is evolution, but maybe it is just 1 moment in which they are excellent.”

‘Referee made a clear mistake’

Diego Costa and Simon Francis

Diego Costa appealed for handball when the ball struck Simon Francis’ arm in the second half

Bournemouth substitute Glenn Murray scored the winner with his initial touch, only 99 seconds right after coming on, and there was a slight suspicion of offside about the aim.

But Mourinho mentioned he was much more concerned by referee Mike Jones’ decision not to award his team a penalty when Simon Francis slid in to tackle Diego Costa and the ball struck the Cherries skipper’s arm.

Costa came on as a half-time substitute soon after getting left out of Chelsea’s preceding game at Tottenham.

“We did not deserve to shed,” the Portuguese mentioned. “Our opponent – in the period that they believed only of defence – managed to get a goal and there was a clear mistake from the referee.

“I believe it is a clear handball and penalty with the score at -.

“They played in a way that some call intelligent, some say is not fair play. They had been taking time, calling for the health-related department and drinking water like it is a basketball timeout.”

On the goal, Mourinho added: “If it was offside it is an additional episode that goes against us, but I did not see it.”