CHELSEA star Antonio Rudiger has warned his players they won’t need to worry about a title race with Manchester City and Liverpool if they continue to drop points.
The Blues are unbeaten this season and have emerged as contenders to win the league.
Maurizio Sarri became the first manager to go their first 12 matches without losing in Premier League history yesterday.
But despite a flurry of chances, Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Everton at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool and City both won their games to extend their lead at the top of the table.
And Rudiger has criticised his side for their performance against the Toffees, suggesting they didn’t do their job and should be winning those games if they want to stay in touch with their rivals.
“If you want to go for something important, you have to win these kind of games,” he said.
“I wanted to win this game. But we failed to do our own job.
“If we don’t win these kind of games, we don’t need to look at City and Liverpool.
“But we don’t need to speak about those two teams. We need to speak about our own performances. Don’t need to speak about them.
“Of course we are still unbeaten and everything is nice, but to me it feels like we have dropped points. It seems like a loss.
“Yes of course (you have to win your home games), that’s clear. But it does not matter home or away, you have to win your games. Especially at home though.
“It’s like last season, we dropped a lot of points, and at the end we were thinking, ‘if only’.
“But that does not count. We failed, and now we have the international break, and after that Spurs.
“Everton are not easy to play against. And then comes Spurs. We want three points and we will go for it.
“For Chelsea fans that is important and that’s good for me as well, but I see it as a professional, and I want to go there and win. That’s it.”
Following the international break Chelsea return to Premier League action with a trip to Tottenham.