With our defence of the FA Cup having come to an end, Cesar Azpilicueta says we must quickly turn our attention to the two competitions we remain capable of winning, with a couple of huge games on the horizon.
The Blues exited the FA Cup on Monday as Manchester United ran out 2-0 winners at the Bridge courtesy of two first-half goals.
For Azpilicueta, who skippered the side, it was a bitterly disappointing way to go out.
‘It’s true that it was a tough night because we didn’t convert our game into chances, and we didn’t score at least one goal to push us until the end, give us belief, bring the atmosphere up and fight until the end. So obviously we are disappointed.
‘We are eliminated from the competition, we are the current holders and we reached the final the year before last as well. We know the history of the competition, for the country and the club as well. It’s frustrating.’
There is, however, no time to dwell as the big matches keep coming. First up, on Thursday, we welcome Malmo to the Bridge for the second leg of our Europa League last-32 tie, holding a 2-1 lead from the first game. Then three days later the first trophy of the season is up for grabs when we take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Wembley.
Azpilicueta had a message for the Chelsea supporters ahead of an important period in our season.
‘Obviously it was a tough night for everyone,’ said the Spaniard. ‘We know the fans support us in every moment. At Chelsea we are used to winning a lot of trophies and we have been the most successful team in England for the last couple of years. So the only thing I can say is that we will give everything and work hard.
‘We know we have the Europa League game coming up on Thursday. We will then play a final when we are back at Wembley after the FA Cup final last year and the Community Shield.
‘We are used to fighting for trophies so hopefully we can keep calm from Thursday and then win that trophy on Sunday.’