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Cesar Azpilicueta

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta took to social media following last defeat against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. “Our disappointment is very hard to put into words. – the Spaniard said – Thank you fans across the world for your support.”

Chelsea remain 5th in the table following today’s 1-0 against the current Premier League leaders and will face Crystal Palace at home before next Champions League’s clash against Barcelona.

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Cesar Azpilicueta spoke after Chelsea defeat yesterday at Old Trafford:

“I think we played well in the first half,” the Spaniard said after Manchester United beat his side for 2-1.

“We conceded that goal to take it to 1-1, and in the second half we didn’t control it as we wanted to, as we had done in the first half, and we were punished with that second goal.

“They scored one more goal than us. It’s a big game and in matches like that you have to be ready at every moment. Today we weren’t lucky enough to get the three points.”

Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League table after their seventh defeat in the league, two points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham after 28 matches.

They take on runaway leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Another setback could leave Chelsea with too much ground to make up in the final stretch of the season, but Azpilicueta is not giving up yet.

“We knew the battle was going to be tough. We’ll keep going, there are still a lot of points to pick up. We have to keep working hard.”

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After two bad defeats in the Premier LeagueChelsea have bounced back with the wins vs West Bromwich and Hull City and the draw, with a great performance, vs Barcelona.

However, this is the past, and speaking to Chelsea official website, defender Cesar Azpilicueta claims the Blues must be focused on their next games: first of all the one vs Manchester United on Sunday.

After two tough defeats a few weeks ago the team responded with two wins against West Brom, and then Hull City in the FA Cup,” Azpilicueta said. “Against Barcelona it was also a great performance from the team, nearly perfect. Now we have a tough game on Sunday and we have to turn our heads to the next target, the Premier League, and try to get as high as possible. The next game is always the most important because it’s where you can get the three points. At the moment we are getting closer and closer to the end of the season, so we have to get the points.”

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After the two consecutive Premier League losses with Bournemouth and Watford,  Cesar Azpilicueta claims all the players are working hard for Chelsea and the Blues manager Antonio Conte as they are the first to be disappointed by this bad moment.

“We are here altogether. We are all disappointed with the results,” Azpilicueta said after the Watford defeat. “We know that there is speculation here all the time – it has been that way in the six years I have been here. Are the players letting the coach down? No. I think if you see the training sessions, we all fight hard. We are the first to be disappointed with the way the last two games went. We are getting penalised in the bad moments we are having in the game. It’s not a long period, but in this league, which is so tough, you get punished as soon as you drop a bit.”


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After yesterday’s defeat vs Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinal, Cesar Azpilicueta believes Chelsea now have to focus on the Fa Cup fourth round if they want a chance to get to Wembley.

This was a big chance to get to Wembley after the disappointment against Arsenal in the FA Cup and Community Shield. We were looking forward to going back but we couldn’t make it. We have to keep working hard to do it [in the FA Cup].” Azpilicueta told the Evening Standard. “After defeat you need to bounce back and show the answer from the team in the next game. We have to look forward. We must get a win for our confidence. We are disappointed and it hurts. We can do better. On Sunday we have another chance in the FA Cup to get closer to that trophy.”

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Spanish striker Alvaro Morata opened the score on Boxing day vs Brighton at Stamford Bridge and today he spoke to the Blues official website expressing his respect for his team-mates and saying the race for the Premier League title is not closed yet.

It was very nice to get another goal. Not only Cesar and I but the entire team have a good understanding,” – Morata said -“It’s great to be playing here at Chelsea and playing with Cesar,’ said our summer signing. ‘He is an exceptional person and an exceptional player. We worked well in the second half to earn the win. It was a very important victory for us like every match will be for the rest of the season. It’s difficult, but we’ll do what we can. It will also be difficult for City to keep winning so many games. What we have to do is to pick up all the points available by winning every game. If we win, we can hope that they lose, because that is all we can do.”

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Yesterday vs Brighton, Cesar Azpilicueta provided his sixth assists for Alvaro Morata.

The Spanish defender hopes to have another good performance and to finish the year with another win on Saturday at Stamford Bridge vs Stoke City. 

What I see is that every game is a difficult game to win,” – Azpilicueta told Chelsea TV. – “Apart for Manchester City, every team is having problems. We need to fight and to keep pushing. We have another game against Stoke, our last game of the year, and it’s important to keep winning and getting points. We must try to go as far as we can.”

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Speaking to Chelsea official website, Cesar Azpilicueta says Christamas period will be crucial for the Blues.

The Spanish defender believes Antonio Conte‘s side have to continue to perform well and win games if they want to try to put pressure on Manchester City.

It’s true that what Man City are doing is unbelievable, they are breaking records,” – Azpilicueta said – “In the last 10 games we’ve won eight, drawn one and lost one, and we are further away than we were before those 10 games, so it’s difficult to analyse in that way. We have to look at ourselves and keep pushing. Until there is no possibility to do it we have to believe, in the same way that even when were top of the table by 10 points (last season) you felt if the other teams kept winning they would keep pushing you to win your games. We won the league with two games to go and we were 10 points clear of Tottenham with maybe nine or 10 games left, so we know this season we are in the other position. We just have to keep going and trying to put pressure on them.’ ‘We know at Christmas it’s busy, every few days you play, it’s tough and you have to get a lot of points,’ he said. After this time you are in the second leg of the competition and you start to see there are less games remaining and the position you are in.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is confident ahead of tomorrow’s clash against newly-promoted side Huddersfield as the Premier League champions are keen to bounce back from their last disappointing defeat against West Ham United at Olympic Stadium.


“Every time you concede an early goal it makes it even more difficult, – the Spaniard said – Every game is difficult. You have to play 90 minutes very well to get the points. When you are 1-0 down it becomes harder. We are obviously disappointed with it. We need to analyse to bounce back from the defeat. I think we did not start the way that we had to start. We conceded an early goal and after this West Ham were in a dangerous position”.

West Ham are still involved in the relegation battle despite beating Chelsea in the London Derby: “Every point is important for them, but the same for us. So after this we were not able to create chances to score and when you are 1-0 down it is difficult and we were not able to come back. Big teams, after a defeat, we have to answer in a strong way. We know it is a tough place. We have the character and hopefully we can get the three points”.

‘We are in December and we cannot think more than this. – Azpilicueta added – We have a tough game against Huddersfield, we will try to get the three points on the road and get back to winning ways and keep going, keep pushing”.

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Chelsea right-wing Victor Moses, speaking in an interview with Goal.com, revealed how Cesar Azpilicueta has been crucial in helping him last season: “I’d say he has influenced me most. – the Nigerian star claimed – He played a huge part in my defensive development last season”.

“He is always behind me, always constantly talking to me to make sure I am in the right position. When is the time to go and when’s the time to stay. He understands me. We established a partnership which was very good“.

Then Moses added: “To me, I would say that Cesar is underrated. As a defender he has got everything. He’s quick, he’s got that desire, passion for the game. He just wants to play football. Azpilicueta is never tired. He can run all night in every minute. He wants to play every game.

“It is great for us that we have him. He’s someone that loves the game. He is always talking to every player before games. He wakes everyone up and says we have got to go out there and win this game.”


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