Jose Mourinho says he is in no position to ask for funds for new players in the January window - and admits he can no longer guarantee that Chelsea will finish in the top four this season.
The Blues' woeful season slumped to a new low last night following their 1-0 defeat against newly-promoted Bournemouth thanks to a late Glen Murray winner, meaning Mourinho's men have now lost eight of their 15 league games so far.
That poor run of form has left the west London club down in 14th place, an incredible 17 points adrift of league leaders Leicester.
The Special One, who insisted his job is not in danger, despite owner Roman Abramovich showing visible signs of frustration during the loss, conceded that he is not in the position to ask the Russian for money to spend in the January transfer window.
"We don’t have the right to ask the club for players. I don’t think so," he said. "We started the season with this squad and we have to do better. This is more about players doing better than the club going to the market.
"People must feel responsibilities. We had a lot of half chances and we couldn’t touch the ball. If you are in the box you have to attack the ball."
Mourinho also conceded that after the loss against the Cherries, there's no guarantee that Chelsea will make it into the Champions League when the points are added up in May.
"Before the game I was still thinking we could finish top four," he added. "Everybody lost points, and only Leicester are consistent in victories. I was feeling like we could go into a period like that and I’m really disappointed with this result.
"Let’s win the next game and forget targets because with our inconsistency it is difficult."
Next up for Chelsea is a crucial Champions League showdown against Porto, before the Blues go up against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.