Chelsea captain Gary Cahill admits the club’s top four hopes are over following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
It was business as usual for the Blues as they dominated proceedings before helping themselves to a goal.
But they fluffed numerous chances to score a second, with Alvaro Morata twice netting from an offside position.
And Chelsea were made to pay in the second half when Javier Hernandez came off the bench to equalise for the visitors.
Antonio Conte bemoaned his side’s lack of finesse and composure in front of goal, admitting he was “bored” of telling the players they need to be more clinical.
More importantly, the result also means Chelsea are ten points behind Tottenham and Liverpool with just six games remaining.
And Blues skipper Cahill concedes he can’t see a way back into the race for his men, with Europa League qualification alongside Arsenal now the most likely outcome from a disappointing season.
He told Chelsea TV: “If you’re asking me if Tottenham are going to drop eight points plus, it’s not going to happen. A good team is not going to let that kind of lead slip.
“We’ve done it before when we were top of the league, it doesn’t slip. If you’re a good side, which they are, it doesn’t slip. I will be very, very doubtful if that is the situation.
“The way that me and my team-mates play, we don’t give up on anything, but we know that the season hasn’t gone to plan.
“The league is where it is at the minute and we have the FA Cup to rescue the season. The season is about trying to win the FA Cup.
“It sums up this season to be honest. The amount of chances we had in the first half was incredible. We created them, we started the game really well, but we didn’t take them and obviously 1-0 is a dangerous scoreline against anyone in this league.
“Ruthless is the word. We should have been more ruthless as a team and kill the game off early on. I was just waiting for the second goal. It was all there apart from the end product and that was the frustration for the whole team.
“We’re not just digging out the forwards here. At 1-0 we needed to see the game out at the back.