AZPILICUETA: NOT OUR GAME
Cesar Azpilicueta has spoken about the disappointment of exiting the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
In the 23-year-old's first Wembley appearance, the team fell two goals behind against Manchester City, and despite a strong Chelsea comeback in the final 25 minutes, we could not find an equaliser.
'We wanted to get to the final and we couldn't. We finished really well, pushing and pushing. We had some chances but we didn't score and we're disappointed,' Azpilicueta said afterwards.
'In the first minutes we didn't play our game, we were defending. We didn't create chances, only one in the first half. So we had to play differently, but they were very strong and started really well. In the second half we did a lot better.'
Azpilicueta accepted the fact we played in Moscow on Thursday could have been a factor in our sluggish start, but did not want to make it an excuse for defeat, and is now determined to achieve success in Europe.
'It's a reality we played 15 games more than Manchester City and three days earlier in Moscow, but we are professional and we try to do our best to prepare. It's normal we are a bit more tired.
'Now we are in the last month and we have a Europa League semi-final that we can win and are fighting for third place to get in the Champions League. We need to be focused and we need to win games, it doesn't matter how we do it.
'It's very important to win trophies. We wanted to win all the trophies we had at the start of the season. Now the only one is the Europa League but we will try. The Champions League is [also] important for us and we will try to get in.'
Jostling for league places recommences on Wednesday evening when we make the short journey to face Fulham at Craven Cottage in a west London derby. Victory there and at Liverpool at the weekend would provide huge strides towards securing elite continental football at Stamford Bridge next season.