William Gallas' thoughts turned immediately to next season within an hour of the defeat at Manchester City.
Peter Crouch's own goal secured a 1-0 win for City and wrapped up fourth place for Roberto Mancini's men.
We now fight it out with Liverpool for fifth place in the Premier League and qualification for the Europa League. We travel to Anfield on Sunday two points behind the in-form Reds with two games remaining.
But William was determined to look beyond Sunday and towards 2011-12 after the final whistle at Eastlands.
"I'm looking forward to it. We will work hard in pre-season, speak together and be ready for the start of the season," said William.
"We'll take it game by game and before the games will know what we have to say and what we have to do. I think it's important to start very well."
Tuesday night's loss ended any hopes of finishing fourth and therefore qualifying for next season's Champions League.
William admitted it will be difficult to 'sit in front of the TV watching the Champions League' after our fantastic debut season in the competition and run to the quarter-finals this time around.
"I'm sure all the players are upset now," he added. "It's the best competition in Europe and you want to play and compete against the big clubs in Europe.
"But like I said, next season we have to be sure we start very well and I think our target will be to play in the Champions League again."