Chelsea’s run of six straight wins in all competitions was halted by a shock 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park Saturday lunchtime.
Yoan Gouffran put Alan Pardew’s men in front on sixty-eight minutes before Loic Remy put the result beyond doubt a minute from time.
Jose Mourinho’s men remain second in the league following Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, though the Gunners have opened up a five point lead over the Blues.
The club will be hoping to get back on track domestically when they host West Bromwich Albion next weekend, but will first turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s Champions League clash with Schalke at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, West Ham United are considering making a fresh bid for out of favour Blues’ striker Demba Ba, according to the Mirror.
The Senegal international has made just two starts in all competitions this season, and hasn’t scored since the 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City on April 14th.
His first spell in English football was with the Hammers back in 2011, when he scored seven goals in twelve league appearances before moving to Newcastle United, where he remained prolific – earning a move to Chelsea at the beginning of this year.