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Cesar Azpilicueta calls on Chelsea to finish the season strongly

Cesar Azpilicueta has reiterated that the objective for the Blues remains the same following the weekend draw with Manchester United; finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League.

The Blues came from behind to take a point from Old Trafford, thanks to Marcos Alonso’s strike, although Azpilicueta felt we could have taken all three points on another day.

‘Every point is very important, especially at this stage of the season,’ the skipper stated.

‘When the score is 1-1, you don’t want to concede but we showed that we wanted to go for the win because we were still getting players into the box, so I think in that sense we were a little unlucky not to get more out of the game.

‘The objective remains the same. We are two games away from finishing in the top four, it is in our hands and we want to make sure we win both games and get into the Champions League for next season.’

Attention moves away from the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League this week, however, as the focus turns to the Europa League, with a semi-final first leg clash away to Eintracht Frankfurt up next on Thursday.

With the chance to lift the Europa League, and a route into the Champions League coming with it, still very much a possibility, Azpilicueta wants the Blues to continue to work hard as we look for a strong finish to the season.

‘The Europa League is a very important trophy for us to win as well, as we have been working hard for this since September,’ the Spaniard said.

‘We are in a good place in that competition and in the Premier League, with two games left to qualify for the Champions League.

‘It’s in our hands but there is still work to do yet, but we have shown that we can compete with our two targets. The atmosphere in the dressing-room is very good, as always, and we are working hard to ensure we finish the season strongly.’

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