Whatever faint chance defending Premier League Champions Chelsea had of still finishing in the top four this season were finally extinguished yesterday, as the Blues drew 1-1 at home with London rivals West Ham.
Antonio Conte’s side now sit a whopping 10 points behind fourth placed Spurs with just six fixtures of this campaign remaining.
Chelsea had taken a first-half lead through defender Cesar Azpilicueta, and really should of added to their lead during the second half. However, a combination of poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping from Joe Hart would frustrate the Blues.
Eventually they would be made to pay for their sloppiness in front of goal when substitute Javier Hernandez struck a late equaliser for the Hammers.
Chelsea coach Conte was left to rue his sides inability to take their chances and admitted it has been a problem that has plagued his side all season.
“How do I see this result? It is very difficult to explain it at all. We dominated the game and created many, many chances to score but we didn’t and that explains our season.” Conte told Sky Sports.
“We have had good performances all season but you have to score. This is not the first time and we have to improve a lot. When you stay in this position in the table it means that you have a problem.
“At the end we are talking about a draw and not a win and it means that it is incredible.
“We must be frustrated, this is not the first time. We are in this position because we have wasted good chances to get three points. This is the truth. We have to improve, we must win this game. Instead we are talking about a draw.
“You need the desire to score a second goal, a third, a fourth.”