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Jose Mourinho admits Chelsea are facing a battle to finish in a Champions League position and the manager says their target may need to be lowered.
The Blues have been in dismal form so far this season and the defending Premier League champions, who are arguably already out of the title race, are languishing down in 14th position.
A 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday was Chelsea’s eighth of the campaign and just one victory has been recorded in their last six domestic matches.
Mourinho is a man under pressure at the moment and many onlookers are unsure whether the Portuguese will even be in charge of the team when the January transfer window opens.
Chelsea are a massive 14 points adrift of Manchester United in fourth – who hold the last Champions League spot – and the club face a huge challenge to make up the ground.
The likes of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic, all of whom were star performer last season, have failed to shine and investment in the new year could be essential.
Mourinho has admitted their chances of getting into the Champions League places are slim right now.
“Our objective is to finish top four,” he said. “Before this (Bournemouth) 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.”
Chelsea face a crucial Champions League clash against Porto at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday – which they need to win to guarantee their place in the knockout stage – and the hosts are the 2.00 favourites, while the draw is priced at 3.30 and the visitors are 3.75.