ANDRE Villas-Boas admits it is going to take a phenomenal run for his side to win the title after their second successive home defeat – the first time it has happened in the Abramovich era.
But the Chelsea boss says he is confident there is enough talent in the ranks to repair the damage done so far.
“The situation in the league is not good for us, but it's not impossible to turn it around,” Villas-Boas said after Liverpool's 2-1 victory on Sunday.
“It doesn't mean we don't have the belief to get the title back, but it for sure makes things more difficult. You have to into a fantastic run to shorten the distance.
“It's not the brightest of starts in the Premiership for Chelsea in the last 10 years, but the belief is there and that's what we have to focus on.
“It doesn't look good being 12 points behind the leaders, but the December fixtures give us hope and we have enough talent to compete in all competitions.
“I think we are playing well, but the results are not running for us.”
The Blues boss, midful of the fact he is under increasing pressure, added: “The amount of goals we are conceding is something that worries, but with the immense talent we have at our disposal, we believe we will get it right.
“We've set out to build something new at this club and the club is committed to what we are setting out to build for the future. The owner didn't pay £15m to get me out of Porto to pay me another fortune to get out.”
Looking back on a disappointing loss to Liverpool – the first time since April 2002 that there have been back-to-back home defeats at the Bridge in the league – Villas-Boas was honest enough to admit a second half recovery was not enough.
“We came back strongly in the second half to try to win but when it looked to be going our way, Liverpool made the most out of a good opportunity to take an important three points,” he said.
“Of course there was an improvement on the first half in terms of aggressiveness, but not sufficient for us, but in the position that we are in in terms of the league, salvaging a point is not what we're looking for anyway.
“Today was an opportunity to shorten the distance [with teams above us] and go third, and the willingness was there to win this game and it looked to be in our control.”