Defender Gary Cahill believes a "ridiculous" fixture list is endangering Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League .
The Blues put in a weary-looking performance on Sunday and were convincingly beaten 2-0 at champions Manchester City to leave them looking over the shoulders in the race for a top-four place.
Tottenham went past Rafael Benitez's side with a 3-2 win at West Ham , while Arsenal are just two points further back.
Cahill admits there is reason for concern following a season that started with a buzz of excitement following last May's first Champions League success, but has gradually turned into a slog.
Sunday's game was Chelsea's 46th of a campaign that has seen them travel to Japan for the World Club Cup, while their international players have not had a week's rest since losing the Super Cup to Atletico Madrid on August 31.
By contrast, Arsenal have been the busiest of Chelsea's top-four rivals having played 41 games,...