Azpilicueta: It hurts

Cesar Azpilicueta felt we paid the price for being far too slow out of the blocks at Wembley yesterday, and the defender says now is the time to quickly learn from that and get back to form.

Not since the Community Shield had the Blues tasted defeat until yesterday’s 3-1 loss against Tottenham, and the manner in which we surrendered our long unbeaten run was as disappointing as the final result.

In his analysis of what went wrong in north-west London, stand-in skipper Azpilicueta pinpointed the opening encounters as the root of the problems.

‘The start was really bad,’ he said. ‘After 15 minutes being 2-0 down is tough to come back from.

‘It’s true in the last couple of games we didn’t start the game in the way we have to start. In some ways we didn’t pay for it, but we paid for it straightaway against Tottenham. When you have this handicap it’s tough.

‘Tottenham are an aggressive team, they press well, and we were not able to get out with the ball and play our football.

‘We knew if we could get a goal we would be in the game, but it went in the other way. At 3-0 we tried to fight until the end but we were not able to get anything from the game.’

Azpilicueta, always a steady influence in the dressing room, has not lost sight of the bigger picture and stressed the need for unity after our first major setback of the campaign.

‘It’s a tough one to take. We have to do better and it hurts to lose in this way. We have to learn from our mistakes, to improve and come back as a team. We need to be strong and get back to winning ways.’