Chelsea can forget about Champions League qualification, warns Jose Mourinho

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In light of Chelsea’s defeat by Leicester City on Monday evening, Jose Mourinho has admitted that the Blues are out of the running for a top four place.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for the Foxes—his 15th goal of the season—when a moment of hesitation from John Terry allowed the England forward to nip in and fire past Thibaut Courtois.

Riyad Mahrez made it 2-0 with a fine effort, and while Loic Remy pulled a goal back after a cross from fellow substitute Pedro, the Blues were unable to find an equaliser.

Riyad Mahrez Jamie Vardy Leicester City

The reigning champions have now lost nine of their opening 16 matches, and find themselves fighting at the wrong end of the table as we approach the festive period.

The Pensioners have lost nine and won only four of their 16 matches to date, and have amassed only 15 points from their matches so far this season.

Their miserable form has left them 14 points behind Manchester United, who occupy the fourth Champions League qualification place, and Mourinho has admitted that his team ought to forget about sealing an unlikely return to the podium.

“Yes, clearly yes,” Mourinho told Sky Sports when asked his team’s chance of finishing the league in the top four, as per Goal.

If Mourinho is to be believed, Chelsea’s only route to the 2016-17 Champions League will be if they win this year’s edition, although after being drawn against Paris  Saint-Germain in the round of 16, the Blues have an awful lot to do if they are to even advance to the quarter-finals.

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