Chelsea captain John Terry believes that his side are still capable of finishing in the top four in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea ended their two-game losing streak on Saturday when they defeated Sunderland 3-1 in their first match since Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager.
While the win was just Chelsea’s fifth of the season and sees them occupy 15th place on the standings, Terry is confident that the Blues can continue working their way up if they can maintain their winning momentum for a lengthy period of time.
"I think from the first-half performance, who knows?" he told reporters. "It is going to be difficult to win every game, we know that, but step by step there are a lot of games over Christmas. If we can go on a good run and climb the table over Christmas, then who knows?
"But look at the likes of Leicester. You expect them to drop off, but they haven’t. Teams are doing well above us, so that’s, even more, reason why we have to keep winning."
Meanwhile, Terry also admitted that he was sad to see Mourinho go as the Portuguese tactician led Chelsea to their first Premier League title in five years last season.
"If it was the case where you could get rid of a lot of players I'm sure clubs would do that, but, unfortunately, it does fall on the manager's head, there's nothing we can do about that," he said. "Obviously, we are gutted the manager has gone, we as players feel responsible for that. We are not hiding away from that fact."