Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says there is still time for his team to bounce back in the Premier League title race but the situation is already out of his team's control.
Defeat at Everton on Saturday saw the Blues drop down to 16th in the table with Sunderland and Newcastle in action on Sunday and Monday respectively.
If they win, Chelsea will surprisingly be in the relegation zone.
"It is out of our control," he is quoted as saying by the BBC.
"To win the title, it will depend on us to improve the results but also on other clubs who are above us to lose matches.
"Even if we win every game between now and the end of season, we still depend on other results.
"[But] next year people can be sure Chelsea won't be playing in the Championship."