Jose Mourinho was a disconsolate figure when asked if he would sign new players to help rescue the league defending champions from their present early season quagmire.
Chelsea slumped 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, which worsened their early season malaise, and Mouriho facing more questions on a possible escape route out of the doldrums.
According to AFP, The Special One was asked whether he would be splashing the cash on Everton's John Stones and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, two big-money targets both linked to Chelsea.
Mourinho answered hopelessly: "I hope not. I don't like that.
The Chelsea boss explained: "I gave my club the report of the season projection on April 24. I don't think it's now, on the 29th or 30th August to say 'I want this and that or I want to try this and that'. We have to gel.
"The reality is that we have had a bad start. Four points is a very bad start.
"To perform collectively you need individual performances. The amount of chances means you are playing, means you are producing something. It's not enough."
"We have eight points less than the leader and seven, six ,and five from the others. In another league I would say 'game over'.
"In the Premier League I don't say 'game over' because last season we have seven points to the second team and in one month we lost the seven points.
"On January 1 we were on the same points as the second (team). This is the Premier League and I think it's getting more difficult."