Graeme Souness has declared that Chelsea’s trophy-winning years could be over.
The 2-0 defeat at Everton left sixth-placed Chelsea with even more work to do if they are to avoid missing out on the top four for the second season running.
And pundit Souness believes it could be a sign of things to come – especially if the Blues lose Eden Hazard this summer.
Speaking on Sky Sports, former Liverpool star Souness said: “It’s difficult times ahead for Chelsea
“I think there’s a big sea change in how they see things going forward. I don’t think they will be winning trophies in the immediate future.”
Real Madrid continue to be linked with a summer move for Blues talisman Hazard, whose Chelsea contract expires next year.
Souness said: “If you are Hazard, you are one of the best players in the world, and you are thinking ‘I’m now arguably at the peak of my career and I want to be winning the big trophies’.
“Will that happen at Chelsea? I don’t think so. They look like they will struggle to get into the top four.
“Chelsea have a big decision to make, do they cash in or let him walk in 15 months?”