Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has urged his teammates their season is not over, as they look to salvage some pride by targeting a second placed finish in the Barclays Premier League.
Following the Blues midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester United, Carlo Ancelotti's side have nothing more to play for other than ensuring they gain entry into next year's competition.
"We need to qualify for the Champions League so we can have another go next season," said Cech.
“Our motivation in itself is the Champions League: because if you want to win it one day, you first need to qualify for the competition.
"And we are more than aware that there are seven games to play and the qualification is just lying there for us to take."
Despite the recent disappointments that have ended Chelsea's hopes of a trophy this campaign – only the second time this has happened since Cech arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004.
The 28-year-old international stopper has come out fighting, calling for the Blues to be united in a collective push to end the season on a high.
"We need to finish strongly for ourselves, for the club, for everybody. We are not playing only for the manager, or only for the owner: we are playing for the entire club.
"That's the supporters – people all over the world that support the club. There are the players, all the staff and all the people involved in Chelsea Football Club.
"Of course the season won't be remembered for winning trophies, but people will at least remember us for finishing second with our heads up."