Chelsea boss Antonio Conte conceded “it won’t be easy” for his side to finish in the top four of the Premier League after a 2-1 loss at Manchester United.
The Blues slipped to fifth as Tottenham climbed into the Champions League places with a win at Crystal Palace.
Spurs are two points clear of last season’s champions with 10 games left.
Willian put Chelsea in front at Old Trafford but goals from former Blues striker Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard took United back up to second in the table.
Chelsea’s next match is against leaders Manchester City next Sunday