Andre Schurrle felt we didn’t do enough from an attacking point of view as we were held to a goalless draw by Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.
With only one game left to play, next Sunday at Cardiff, the result all but ended any lingering hopes we had of winning the title, although we have now secured automatic qualification to next season’s Champions League.
Schurrle came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the inside of the post during the first half, probably the best chance of the game.
‘We didn’t have many good chances in the match apart from my shot which hit the post and maybe a few shots from outside the box,’ he recalled.
‘We’re disappointed, we wanted the win so much. It was our last match at home and, with a win, we still had hopes for the title. Now, we are third and we’ll probably stay there.’
Jose Mourinho’s side had two penalty appeals waved away in the second half, first for a foul on Schurrle and shortly after when Eden Hazard was brought down. The German, though, felt the call on his claim was the correct one.
‘Their player did touch me a bit but I saw him touch the ball so it wasn’t a penalty,’ he said.
A win against the relegation-threatened Canaries, regardless of results elsewhere, would have ensured we remained in the title hunt going into the final day of the season.
Having dropped points against Sunderland in our previous home game, however, there is no secret as to why we have fallen short, as Schurrle explained.
‘We had a chance, it was only a little chance but we wanted to win so that we were still involved on the last day because you never know what can happen,’ he said.
‘We played very well against the big teams – Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Arsenal – but at home you have to win against teams like Sunderland and Norwich. We didn’t do that and that’s why we won’t win the league this year.’