Mateo Kovacic insists Chelsea must start becoming more consistent but that they have the ability to fight for Premier League titles once again.
The Blues are well out of reach of Liverpool this season, with the Reds having a superb campaign with 24 wins out of their 25 Premier League matches so far.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have stuttered during the year so far as they look to hold on to their top four spot and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Kovacic admits that the Blues have had an up and down campaign so far, and that they need to pick things up again to finish towards the top of the table.
“Our season is going up and down, which is not good for a great team like Chelsea, but I think we have a lot of young players,” Kovacic told the Chelsea magazine.
“We are a new team, so we can improve a lot, but we are doing well.
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“We did a good job until recently, now we’ve had a few games which we could have done better in, but this is football.
“You have ups and downs and in the bad moments is when you see great teams. If we can come back in the bad moments we can be a great team.
“We need to be more consistent, because if you win against the bigger teams but then you lose against the smaller opponents in the end it’s the same, so in each match we need to give everything.
“It isn’t important who it is against, they all give you three points. Our targets are reachable but Chelsea needs to be, and is, a club always looking for the title.
“In this moment we need to look for the top four, but I think from next season we need to go for titles, because what is most important is to win trophies, and Chelsea is a club that has won a lot of trophies for many years.”