Stamford Bridge is a depressing place to be at the moment, according to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have seen their title ambitions slip away in recent weeks as injuries and a lack of goals take their toll.
The latest setback for Chelsea was a 1-0 loss at home to Liverpool on Sunday, with 50-million-pound signing Fernando Torres unable to make an impact against his former club.
And with the gap to league leaders Manchester United now 10 points with 13 games remaining, Drogba said morale was at an all-time low at the London club.
“Our league position is similar to what it was last season. But absences, and the fact that we’ve not been scoring as many goals, has made for a bad mood around the place,” Drogba said.
“I’m finding our bad spell hard to live with, as do the rest of the squad. We are suffering, given that Chelsea are not accustomed to losing matches. (Manager) Carlo Ancelotti has been unhappy in recent weeks.”
Manchester United suffered their first loss of the season against Wolves on Saturday, but Chelsea failed to capitalise after going down to Liverpool and Drogba believes the result could be a serious blow to their title hopes.
“We had started to see light at the end of the tunnel once again. But this latest defeat by Liverpool has cut away our legs and jeopardised our chances of winning the league title once more,” he said.
“It is going to be difficult for us to catch up with Manchester United.”