Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has said the club finishing top four this season is not a given.
Though the German is confident over the Blues’ chances, he said with the nature of the Premier League anything can happen.
Chelsea sits in third place in the table at the moment, with Tottenham and Arsenal both five points behind the west London club.
The Blues have been defeated in two of their most recent matches, a 4-1 defeat to Brentford in the Premier League and a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
In a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Southampton on Saturday, Tuchel was asked how confident he is about Chelsea finishing in the top four this season.
The Blues boss replied, “Absolutely confident but not as a given. I never thought of it as a given.
“Because this is the most demanding league in the world and we know how we struggled through the season and what can make us struggle.
“We can play on a very, very high level.
“If we reach our top level and we do this very often, which is our job. But if we don’t reach it, we can also lose to any teams of any quality and unfortunately, we proved it in five days.
“So, this is us, and this is nothing bad. It’s just a reminder that we should not feel ashamed to fight for third place. There is no disappointment.
“At the moment we are third and it’s a tough competition until the very last day.
“Do I feel confident? Yes, because I have trust in my players and the club and in myself and my staff. But do we feel that this is a given? No, absolutely not but it never felt like this.”