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Monday, 2 April 2018

Azpilicueta: Tough to take


Cesar Azpilicueta believes the goal we conceded on the stroke of half-time was the turning point in yesterday’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Blues had taken a deserved 29th-minute lead, courtesy of Alvaro Morata’s header, but the visitors drew level through Christian Eriksen in added time at the end of the first half, before Dele Alli scored twice in five minutes after the break.
‘It’s really tough,’ said Azpilicueta. ‘We started the game well, we scored the first goal and were in control but the late equaliser was hard to take because after the first half, and our performance, we didn’t deserve for it to be 1-1 but that’s football.
‘We had more chances to score goals, we didn’t do that and we know the Premier League is tough. We were playing against a strong side and, from nothing, a good strike made it 1-1.
‘After that it was different. It was hard to take the goal before half-time when you’ve been controlling the game, but sometimes that can happen, in your favour and against you. Then in two actions in five minutes they came back and got the win that obviously we knew would have been very important for us.’
The result leaves us eight points behind the north Londoners, who are fourth, with seven matches left to play, but Azpilicueta insists the team will continue to push to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
‘It looks further away than it did before the game but there are still points to play for,’ said the Spaniard. ‘With every game you play you are closer to the end and we have to make sure we try to get there.
‘It’s a hard kick for us because our target was to get closer to them and after the game we are even further away, but it’s a massive target for us so we have to make sure we fight until the end to try to get that spot.’