Updated: Jan 17
Chelsea FC capitulated to a 1-0 loss to Premier League table-toppers Man City at the Etihad, but Azpilicueta urges the Blues to get back on track.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has issued a rallying cry to his teammates, asking them to work towards returning to winning ways after their 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
The West London club fought hard to keep Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens at bay but midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne struck a superb curlier from outside the 18-yard box to find the net in the 70th minute as the hosts moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
However, Azpilicueta was disappointed that the Blues didn’t ‘get at least a point’ from the game, and has urged them to focus on getting ‘the consistency back of winning games, of being solid, and of scoring goals,’ so they can get a rhythm.
The Spaniard said as Chelsea’s official website quoted: ‘It’s simple, they scored one goal, we didn’t.
‘I think we could have punished them a bit more as the game went on. We knew it was going to be a tight game and we couldn’t score the first goal, which I feel would have helped us massively to get at least a point.
‘We had some good chances, some half-chances that we could have scored. We know that they push you a lot, that they don’t let you play comfortably, but I think that for the few spells where we had the ball we controlled it.
‘We defended well. We were playing against a very strong side and we knew that it could be a difficult game. Of course, we are disappointed not to get something from it.’
The Chelsea captain insists that they shouldn’t dwell on the defeat to City as games continue to come thick and fast.
‘After this game, it is more difficult than before the game,’ he said. ‘We were 10 points behind, it could have come down to seven, and even then there still would have been a gap in between, but we lost so of course when you are 13 points behind it is very difficult.
‘You cannot focus on that. You need to get the consistency back of winning games, of being solid, of scoring goals, if we want to get our rhythm.
‘That’s the first thing, get back to winning ways on Tuesday when we have a tough game against Brighton, away again. We have a busy schedule, we don’t stop, so we have to recover well and go for it.’
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