Azpilicueta: Time to fight back
news Tue 6 Feb 2018
Cesar Azpilicueta says the fact we still have three big targets to aim for means there is no time to dwell on recent results.
Last night’s defeat at Watford was our second in succession, and the Spaniard felt we were made to pay for attempting to score again after Eden Hazard had made it 1-1 with eight minutes remaining.
‘I think when Eden scored the ambition in the team, and the feeling we had on the pitch, was that we could get the win, even if we were a man down,' said Azpilicueta.
'We started the second half with a good spirit, trying to get the goal, and when we did it I thought the team were capable of getting the three points.
‘Of course it’s very difficult to take, we’ve had two heavy defeats and obviously we are really disappointed. It’s a massive setback for us.
'Against Bournemouth [last week], in 15 minutes we conceded three goals and in that period when we are bad we need to try to manage and pass through the time in the best way possible.'
Azpilicueta insists the players will be doing everything on the training pitch in order to ensure we are in the best possible condition for our next game, the visit of West Bromwich Albion to Stamford Bridge next Monday.
‘If you see the training sessions we fight hard,' he said. 'We are disappointed with the way these last two games went, but it was over 15 minutes in the first game and 10 minutes this time. We are getting penalised in the bad moments we are having in a 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.
‘As a player what I want is to get back on the training field as soon as possible, work hard for Monday’s game, get the three points and get some confidence back.’
Despite the last two results, we remain well placed to finish in the top four, and our involvement in both the FA Cup and Champions League ensures there is still a possibility of finishing the season with a trophy.
‘We are Chelsea, a big club and when we lose one game it’s a bad time for us,’ Azpilicueta said.
‘Obviously to lose two in a row is even worse but I’m sure this team will fight back. We have three targets to go for and we have a massive three or four months ahead of us.’