Interim manager Roberto Di Matteo remains positive Chelsea can achieve a top-four finish despite their 1-1 draw with west London rivals Fulham.
Frank Lampard's penalty - his 150th Premier League goal - looked to have earned his side a victory that would have propelled them back into the Champions League places.However, Clint Dempsey's 82nd-minute header earned the Cottagers a well-deserved point as Chelsea failed to capitalise on Tottenham's earlier loss to Norwich.
"You look at it and we're closer to that fourth spot than we were," Di Matteo said. "We were always playing catch-up, so the situation was difficult from the start. We have to look at it positively. We are closer now than we were a month ago. We've got a good squad, a squad full of good players. We will utilise them."
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