A few days on from Chelsea’s much-needed win at Fulham, Cesar Azpilicueta is ready to giggle about the evasive motion he took to escape the full power of Antonee Robinson’s red-card problem.
“It was quite fast and I had to get out of the way as quickly as possible,” he tells Sky Sports with a chuckle.
The picture of the Chelsea captain cartwheeling by means of the air and his team-mate Hakim Ziyech interesting for a foul earlier than Azpilicueta had even hit the flooring was extensively shared on social media.
But in addition to his acrobatic escape from critical harm, Azpilicueta is hopeful the sport may also come to be remembered as the match the place Chelsea turned it round.
After only one win of their earlier six Premier League video games, Chelsea desperately wanted three factors at Craven Cottage – and the bruising, hard-fought, and necessary victory has shifted the temper at the membership, forward of Tuesday evening’s robust journey to Leicester City.
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“We are Chelsea, we are very demanding of ourselves and we want to be always as high as possible fighting for everything,” Azpilicueta says. “So when the outcomes are not there we would like to enhance.
“Hopefully this win against Fulham can give us more confidence and grow into that game because against Leicester it’s a game where we have to be at our best, we have to show confidence, we have to believe in ourselves and hopefully we can do a good game and get the win.”
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With Chelsea sitting seventh, six factors behind third-placed Leicester, it looks like one other defining second for what Frank Lampard’s aspect can obtain this season.
It has been a chastening fall since they hit the high of the desk after beating Leeds in entrance of two,000 of their followers at Stamford Bridge in early December, and little doubt a harsh studying expertise for Chelsea’s younger squad.
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Speaking with Lampard in the summer time about what it takes to forge a successful mentality in a gaggle of gamers, he identified struggling setbacks and recovering from them was all a part of the course of. But that does not imply it is simple.
The supervisor turned to some smart outdated heads to get Chelsea over the line at Fulham, with Jorginho, Antonio Rudiger, and Olivier Giroud recalled, however, as membership captain, Azpilicueta says his method to guiding his much less skilled team-mates by means of this tough patch has been all about reinforcing the values of hard work and self-evaluation.
“In my role I try to help everybody and the young players, not many have the experience of having bad moments, tough moments,” he mentioned.
“We know through the career of a footballer you don’t have every time a smooth path where you go and everything is easy and you win games and you play brilliant. Sometimes you have to go through difficult times and those moments make you stronger and better for the future
“You have to reply in a constructive manner, all the time being humble, taking a look at ourselves individually and collectively, realizing that taking part in for Chelsea is all the time preventing for every thing and giving every thing in each second on the coaching pitch, in the sport, on and off the pitch.
“And also it’s a mental aspect, to be ready. We know how it works when you’re a bit down, the difficulties come from everywhere and you have to be tough and be ready to overcome this moment.
“Hopefully from there, with our expertise – and we now have a few skilled gamers in the group – we are able to attempt to assist and get out of the troublesome second as fast as potential and stronger as people and as a gaggle.”
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Consistency key if Chelsea are to problem
Azpilicueta – now 31 and a two-time Premier League winner – speaks with the assurance of a participant who has ridden out these robust instances earlier than. He additionally is aware of what it’ll take for Chelsea to get better their place amongst the high groups in the desk: consistency.
“We know at the beginning of December we were top of the league, everybody could think we were there to win the title, and in a month we didn’t have good results, we were in mid-table and everybody was saying we were out of everything, so we know how it works,” he mentioned, when requested if Chelsea’s poor kind had affected their aims this season.
Chelsea are eight factors behind Premier League leaders Man Utd, after beforehand topping the desk themselves in December
“But especially this season – where we see results nobody expects, and everybody is very close at the top of the table – we know that if we get the consistency back that we had in November and the beginning of December, when we were playing well and getting results at home and away, that’s the way we want to carry on.
“We know that to be at the high of the Premier League is hard and you’ve to give every thing in each single sport – as we noticed in opposition to Fulham, in opposition to 10 males for 45 minutes, it is by no means straightforward to win a sport. They drew in opposition to Liverpool, they drew in opposition to Tottenham.
“Every game is very difficult and our focus has to remain on the next game, and, as a group, to keep improving, look at what we can do better, because that progression will allow us to get as high as possible.”
Fine margins in the large video games
In-form Leicester will likely be a major step up on Fulham, although – and Chelsea can have to play higher than they did on Saturday if they are to take factors from Brendan Rodgers’ aspect, who, for the second season operating, are threatening to disrupt the established high groups.
“With the ball we have to be brave, confident, and to create chances, to put our attacking players in a dangerous position where they can create the difference,” mentioned Azpilicueta of their problem at the King Power Stadium.
“Defensively, be solid – that’s very important when you’re playing against the kind of strikers, wingers they have, their creative players can create chances at any moment.”
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Chelsea are but to beat a top-eight crew in the Premier League this season, drawing three and dropping three of these fixtures. But Azpilicueta says the margins are effective in these high-quality video games – and Chelsea should be sure the key moments go their manner this week.
“Every detail counts even more [against the top teams]: to be ready for every ball, to not make a single mistake, and, when we get a chance, to be clinical and ruthless in front of the goal,” he mentioned.
“Little things – a set play, a mistake – can decide a game and this is where we have to be clever and to take it for us.
“If we would like to go to the high we want to win large video games as effectively, so let’s have a look at.
“Building from the win against Fulham, we have a really short time to prepare for the Leicester game but we have to be ready, especially mentally, for the challenge.”
After struggling and placing their our bodies on the line to attempt to flip the tide in opposition to Fulham, Chelsea now want to back it up at Leicester.
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