After losing points at home to Brighton and West Bromwich Albion, Thomas Tuchel confessed to being "worried" about Chelsea's Premier League top-four hopes.
Chelsea drew 0-0 with 10-man Brighton at Stamford Bridge on a Tuesday night dominated by the European Super League's apparent collapse.
Brighton not only finished the night without Ben White, but they also squandered the game's best opportunities, prompting Blues manager Tuchel to confess that his team was fortunate.
Tuchel also conceded that Chelsea must now battle for a top-four finish the hard way, following the 0-0 draw with Brighton and the 5-2 home loss to West Brom.
"I fear I will never be pleased with a point at Stamford Bridge," said Tuchel. "It was clearly our target to win the home match, even if we knew it's a tough one.
"I was a bit concerned about the physical impact of traveling of Porto and Man City.
"But we decided to let the team play with not so many changes between Porto and Man City.
"Today we had enough changes to be a bit fresher.
"Maybe we lacked one day in between matches to be a bit more relaxed, to be a bit fresher. But we have to admit also there were huge distractions in our game.
"Given all the circumstances, we are clearly not happy but have to accept we did not deserve more today, which was maybe for the first time.
"We will see if it's in our hands for the top four.
"We missed chances in our two home matches which worries me a little bit, but that's how it is and we have to keep on going.
"Brighton were very strong, a very underrated team.
"They have a lot of quality, unique style of playing, difficult to create chances against them, they almost man-mark across the whole pitch.
"That created problems for us, and we could not find the answers. And we were a bit tired mentally and physically."