Jose Mourinho believes he has been “betrayed” by his Chelsea players after they lost 2-1 to Leicester on Monday night.
Defeat to Premier League leaders Leicester leaves Chelsea 16th, with the reigning champions just one point clear of the relegation zone after 16 games.
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez put the hosts 2-0 up before Loic Remy threatened a comeback from the visitors, but the Blues instead fell to their ninth defeat of the league season.
“The top four is gone – clearly,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after the game.
“We were the best team for 20-25 minutes, maybe for a maximum of 30 minutes. They were best team for an hour.
“‘Today we made two defensive mistakes and we pay. They were goals that I cannot accept. They are goals that were studied and we have practiced for three days. I feel bad because I don’t understand how we can concede these goals.
“I know one of my best qualities is to read the opponent, and these two goals are very difficult to accept. I feel my work was betrayed.
“When some of your players don’t hit the levels they are capable of it is hard to see. This season we are doing so bad for some reason, not all of them.
“To turn things around, I know only one way – working at the top level. Day by day in training I have no complaints with them. But is it frustrating to see what they are doing in training and what they do in matches? Clearly yes.”
Mourinho then discussed the injury suffered by Eden Hazard, who had to be substituted in the first half with a knock to his hip.
Hazard went off the field of play before returning briefly, but was replaced soon thereafter after being unable to resume.
“He made the decision to come off,” Mourinho said. “So it must be a serious injury.
“His first reaction was ‘I can’t continue’, his second reaction was ‘I want to try’, but after his first step back on the pitch he said he couldn’t.
“He’s injured, clearly,” added Mourinho, with more than a dose of sarcasm.