Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that the Blues will “fight” for the top four place this season following a disappointing start to the campaign.

The west London outfit are currently 15th in the league table after losing seven games, two draws and four wins so far.

The 52-year-old guided the team to the Premier League title last season, but they are already 14 points off the top, and 12 points behind form the Champions League spot.

Despite all of that, Mourinho has confident of his team’s chances of securing a Champions League place next season.

“Two seasons ago Man United didn’t qualify for the Champions league,” the Portuguese told the club’s official website.

“Last year Liverpool didn’t qualify for the Champions League and I said before the season started that another big team will not qualify for the Champions League. We have to make sure that big team is not Chelsea.”

“I know how the Premier League is at the moment. It is a completely different reality from years ago. There is this risk. How can we qualify for the Champions League? I think we have to fight the next match. Now the next match is in the Champions League and we have to fight this match, believing that it is the way that can take us to Champions League football next season.

“After tonight we will look at the Premier League match against Tottenham and we have to think that with more than 70 points to play for, the Premier League is still a window of opportunity for us to qualify.”

The reigning Premier League champions are having a bad time so far – find themselves five points above the relegation zone.