Chelsea boss, Graham Potter has blamed fatigue and a tough schedule for Chelsea’s poor run of form.
The Blues were defeated 1-0 by high-flying Newcastle United on Saturday.
It was three defeats on the bounce for Chelsea in all competitions and it is first since 2002.
Joe Willock struck in the second half to ensure the victory for the home side and send them to third position in the Premier League table.
The defeat has left Chelsea eighth in the table heading into the World Cup break. They are now eight points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.
“It’s not nice to not get results,” Potter said at the post match press conference.
“We’ve had a lot of games, a few injuries to key players, destabilised us, today again you see they’re missing. Just had a period that’s been incredibly challenging.
“I think we had too many unforced errors to maintain any real good quality and pressure
“I have to defend the players in terms of fatigue.”