Jose Mourinho: Chelsea out of top-four race

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the Blues won't finish in the Premier League's top four

Jose Mourinho has ruled Chelsea out of the race for a top-four finish this season.

The Blues slumped to their ninth defeat of the Premier League campaign on Monday night after a 2-1 loss to surprise leaders Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

Chelsea are a point above the relegation zone after goals from Leicester duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy sealed three points for Claudio Ranieri’s men.

The defending Premier League champions are already 14 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United in the table, although the Red Devils lost 2-1 to Bournemouth on Saturday evening.

Asked by Sky Sports News if Chelsea are too far behind United to secure a top-four finish and a place in next season’s Champions League, Mourinho replied: “Yes. Clearly yes.”

Chelsea host Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland side at Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game on Saturday evening.

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The Black Cats are in 19th place but can move level on points with Chelsea if Sunderland secure victory in west London.

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