Guus Hiddink believes Chelsea may have drawn too many games since he took over to stand any chance of making the Premier League top four this season.
With 13 games remaining, Chelsea are 17 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City after another draw on Sunday, this time against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
“We are unbeaten (since my appointment), but as I said before, if you want to get into fourth place, you must have victories,” Hiddink said. ” Considering that, we’ve had too many draws to get fourth place. It’s difficult.
“I haven’t calculated mathematically if it’s possible, but we must start winning games.”
Chelsea suffered the further blow of Kurt Zouma being removed on a stretcher with what appeared a serious knee injury.
Hiddink said: “The rest of the season is hopefully too much (for Zouma to be ruled out for), but he will have an examination, so I can’t speculate about that.
“If you’ve seen the images, and the experience of the hyper-extension of the knee joint, then we’ll wait. It’s very bad, when you land with a hyper-extended knee, a hyper-extended leg. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully they have a good explanation. There are several scenarios when it’s like that.
After finalising his media duties, Hiddink is thought to have watched a replay of the moment when John Terry’s first-half shot struck Daley Blind’s hand and concluded his team deserved a penalty.
Speaking of the incident, Terry told Sky Sports: “It was going in. He’s put his hands up. They’re difficult ones for the referee, inside the box it’s going in, it’s got to be a penalty for me.
“It’s not a bad result but we need to start winning.”