Loic Remy outlines new target for struggling Chelsea after conceding title

Remy & Sagna - Chelsea v Man City

Loic Remy says that Chelsea have reviewed their targets for this season after conceding defeat in the Premier League title hunt.

The champions have lost five of their 10 games so far in the Premier League and currently trail leaders Manchester City by a whopping 11 points.

Jose Mourinho's future at Stamford Bridge is a topic of fierce speculation, and the Portuguese's hand will only have been weakened further by their League Cup exit to Stoke City on Tuesday evening.

Mourinho's Premier League champions host Jurgen Klopp's somewhat rejuvenated Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime, and ex-Queens Park Rangers striker Remy could be in line for a second appearance of the season due to Diego Costa's injury.

Chelsea's fall from grace has been as perplexing as it is frustrating for Blues fans this term, given that Mourinho has largely stuck with the same squad who cruised to the title last term.

However, Mourinho's penchant for excuses, coupled with the loss of form to key players such as Eden Hazard, John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, to name just a few, have seen last year's runaway winners reduced to also-rans already.

West Ham United were the latest team to inflict defeat on Mourinho's men in the league last time out, and speaking after Tuesday's defeat to Stoke, Remy, who struck an equaliser late on in normal time, has detailed how ambitions have been diluted.

Chelsea would have been confident of a second successive title back in August, but the French striker has now targeted a top-four finish.

"I'm really sure that Saturday will be a big game," Remy told the London Evening Standard. "But we can still be in the top four of the League if we win games. The spirit is good and we are not affected by the situation.

"We will just keep training well. I'm sure the opportunity to win games will be here sooner rather than later, but obviously it is better for us if it is sooner."

Remy also called for Roman Abramovich to remain patient with Mourinho as the embattled squad try to negotiate their way out of the toughest period of the ex-Porto boss' time at Stamford Bridge since his return in 2013.

He added: "It's important for him to stay and we don't want to give up. We were champions together only last season and he is a really great manager. Of course I don't want him to leave. I think all the players don't want that."

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