Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, believes his team’s title hopes would already be over if they played in another league, according to a BBC report.
Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday means the champions are eight points behind leaders Manchester City after four games.
“Four points in four matches is a very bad start,” said Mourinho, whose side won their first four games last season.
“In another league I would say game over. In the Premier League I don’t say game over.”
The Portuguese added: “We have eight points less than the leader. This is the Premier League and I think it’s getting more difficult than before.”
Goals from Bakary Sako and Joel Ward meant Chelsea suffered only their second defeat in Mourinho’s 100 home league games in charge at Chelsea.
Radamel Falcao had equalised late on, scoring his first goal for the club, but a lack of concentration at the back soon after led to the Palace winner.
Mourinho refused to comment on individual performances, but accepted some players were below par.
“I’m not happy. I cannot say that I had 11 players performing at the same time,” he said.
“Two or three of them, their individual performance was far from good.
“I blame myself for not changing one of them. I kept him in the game for 90 minutes.”
However, Mourinho refused to discuss whether he was talking about full-back Branislav Ivanovic.
“I’m not going to analyse individual form, individual performances,” said the Portuguese.
“If a player is not performing there are two ways of looking at it. One way is that I trust so much the player that I’m going to wait for the improvement.
“Or even trusting the players arrives a moment where you think I have to change. I can go both ways.”