Joe Cole admits Chelsea form now worrying

Joe Cole admits concerns over Chelsea's sudden form slump. Their disappointing 2-2 draw with Apoel Nicosia came on the back of consecutive defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City.

Joe Cole admits concerns over Chelsea's sudden form slump.

Their disappointing 2-2 draw with Apoel Nicosia came on the back of consecutive defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City.

"There are no excuses," he said. "We're sitting on top of the League now and need to be sitting there on 1 January. We should have beaten Apoel, we had the better of the chances. It has been a bit of a bumpy week and we need to bounce back at the weekend and get back to winning ways.

"Hopefully, we can do that against Everton on Saturday.”

That match is followed by games against Portsmouth, West Ham, Birmingham and Fulham and Cole added: “The next five Premier League games are very important. The Christmas period is always vital. We want to still be on top of the League at the start of January. If we do that we'll be very happy.”