Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that his side cannot be happy with how the current Premier League campaign has gone, as a possible absence from next year’s UEFA Champions League beckons for the Stamford Bridge outfit

Chelsea went into the 2017/18 season as defending champions after emerging as winners of the title in record-breaking fashion after Antonio Conte’s arrival but currently sit fifth on the log, five points adrift of the top four spot.

However, there is still hope for silverware this season as they have a date with Manchester United at Wembley for the FA Cup final. Courtois has come out to admit that they could have done better this term:

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“I think there have been ups and downs. We played some very good football and had some very good victories. But there were moments of maybe two or three weeks when we didn’t perform and we lost some points,” he told the club’s official website.

“When you start the season, there are six teams going for the title. This season, the top spot was out of reach, but the other positions were quite close. Then it is down to who is the most consistent and I think in some periods we were less consistent than the other teams.

“At one stage we were second and we could have stayed there, but we had a bad spell and dropped to fifth. We can’t be happy with that, and also the League Cup we got to the semi-final and unfortunately lost to Arsenal. Overall, it’s not a bad season, but we could have done better overall and I hope we can win the FA Cup.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and must win to have any mathematical chance of making it to the UCL next season.

Chelsea will face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge this afternoon realistically needing a win to keep their top-four hopes alive.