Azpilicueta Kane
David Ramos/Getty Images
  • Cesar Azpilicueta explains what went wrong during Spurs loss.
  • Azpilicueta believes that Chelsea need to start games better.
  • Do you agree with Dave, Blues? Let us know @TalkChelsea.

Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has attempted to offer some insight into what went wrong during our 3-1 loss to Tottenham on Saurday evening.

Azpilicueta himself was poor against Spurs, but he wasn’t even in our bottom five performers, which says it all about how bad Maurizio Sarri’s men were at Wembley.

The scoreline flattered us in many ways. Had Tottenham been more clinical, we could have easily seen five or six fly into the back of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s net.

Something needs to change, and Azpilicueta has offered some insight into what’s going wrong. He doesn’t believe that we are quick enough out of the blocks, and we paid the price yesterday.

He’s quoted by the official Chelsea website saying:

“The start was really bad. 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.”

The opening quarter of the game is oftentimes the most important in terms of determining which way the pendulum swings. We were 2-0 down within 16 minutes, which is inexcusable.

Sarri and the players have work to do in order to ensure that this does not happen again. It’s going to be a week of hard work at Cobham. We expect a reaction on Thursday against PAOK…

1 Comment
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 year ago

Maybe true Azpi but the team is one dimensional too! 90% of our attack happens on the left side of the pitch where Eden Hazard plays!!! Why the imbalance? Use the right too but I understand that Willian is also toothless lately. But balancing our attack means that the opponent… Read more »