Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has said that a top four finish is still possible despite a disastrous first half of the season.
The Blues sit 13 points and 10 places off fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, having won just six of their 20 games this season.
However, Hiddink’s side made the perfect start to 2016 with a comprehensive 0-3 win over London neighbours Crystal Palace, lifting them to 14th in the table.
Chelsea are unbeaten in three in the league under Hiddink, and the Dutchman still believes a top four is, albeit a test, still possible:
“It’s difficult because this league has become so strong; everyone can win from everyone,” said the 69-year old.
“It’s very difficult to get there. It’s possible but there’s a long way to go.”