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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta did not feature in the opener against Portugal in the World Cup 2018 tonight.

Spain faced EURO 2016’s champions in the opener of the competition and conceded an early opener as Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to goal after just 4′ in the first half.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa got the better of the Portugal defence to level the scores, before Ronaldo grabbed his first brace in a World Cup and put his squad in front again.

However, Costa scored the second brace of the game and secured Spain a double comeback, then Nacho’s brilliant effort put ahead Fernando Hierro’s men with less than 30′ left to go.

Cristiano Ronaldo could not have wished for a better ending as he scored again with a brilliant free-kick.

Spain will face Iran on 20th of June in their race alongside with Portugal and Morocco to book a place for the knock-out phase.

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Next season Chelsea will not take part in the Champions League and this fact could affect the chance of the Blues of signing top players during the next summer transfer window.

However, defender Cesar Azpilicueta is not worried about this issue: “Of course big players will still want to come to Chelsea because we win lots of silverware,” the Spaniard told the Evening Standard. “I have no doubt that the club will get a squad that can compete to win for trophies. I am sure that will happen.”

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Chelsea finished their season with a high note, winning the Fa Cup last Saturday vs Manchester United.

A day to remember also for the Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta: “I really enjoyed that, for our last game of the season it was a great effort to win the FA Cup,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea official website. “We had to defend well and we did just that to ensure it was a great final day of the season”.

It was important to win this trophy because Chelsea had some difficult weeks during the Premier League campaign this year: “I think for the first part of the season we were really good, but then we had a couple of weeks where we weren’t at our best and we dropped off a little”. Azpilicueta admitted. “So it was very important for us finish the season and to win a trophy for the club and for the fans. They deserved this.”

Chelsea earned a clean sheet against one of the most prolific attacks in the Premier League as Antonio Conte‘s men secured a crucial win against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager believes the whole team deserves compliments for their defensive clearances: “I think we played as a team, not just one player” Conte said.

“I think he is an important player, but not just him. Firmino and Mane are top strikers. They score 70 goals with these three players, for this reason they stay in this position. You can see a great work and I think it is right also to give them a great compliment”.

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Cesar Azpilicueta admits frustration at the end of the derby against West Ham.

Chelsea are now 10 points down the fourth place in the table, the last one that allows a team to qualify for the next Champions League and it will tough to close that gap in only 6 games:

“What matters is the score at the end, I am frustrated today, we should be able to win this game,” the Spaniard said after the final whistle.

“We controlled the game, we created enough chances to win but we struggled at the end and maybe they could have scored the winner. We are not happy.

“To get a draw at home in another London derby is really frustrating for all of us and all of the fans.

“It’s becoming harder and harder every game it goes on. We are further away then ever.

“The FA Cup is a massive trophy but it’s not enough for us. We will try to win it but the cup will not save our season.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta spoke after his side’s home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. The Spaniard told the club’s official website: “It’s really tough. We started the game well, we scored the first goal and were in control but the late equaliser was hard to take because after the first half, and our performance, we didn’t deserve for it to be 1-1 but that’s football”.

“We had more chances to score goals, we didn’t do that and we know the Premier League is tough. We were playing against a strong side and, from nothing, a good strike made it 1-1. After that it was different. It was hard to take the goal before half-time when you’ve been controlling the game, but sometimes that can happen, in your favour and against you. Then in two actions in five minutes they came back and got the win that obviously we knew would have been very important for us”.

The Blues “must win final seven games to finish in top four”, as Marcos Alonso assessed as well. Azpilicueta added: “It looks further away than it did before the game but there are still points to play for. With every game you play you are closer to the end and we have to make sure we try to get there.

It’s a hard kick for us because our target was to get closer to them and after the game we are even further away, but it’s a massive target for us so we have to make sure we fight until the end to try to get that spot”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero made his 1st appearance for Argentina in the 2-0 win over Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester last night.

The 36-year-old was sensational in denying a goal from Lorenzo Insigne in the second half, a few minutes before Ever Banega and West Ham star Manuel Lansing sealed a comfortable win over the Azzurri.

Argentina face Spain (with Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta in the squad) on Tuesday night (8.30PM BST).

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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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