Chelsea’s defensive lapse frustrates Azpilicueta

Chelsea returned to winning ways on Thursday thanks to goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud, but the win could have been more comfortable had the blues not conceded a late goal in Sweden.

Blues captain Azpilicueta aired his frustration post-match, choosing to focus on the team’s defending and concentration. 

Cesar Azpilicueta said Chelsea should have won by a greater margin at Malmo after only securing a 2-1 victory in the first leg of their last-32 Europa League tie.

Chelsea needed an immediate response from their humiliation at Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.  And goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud put an end to a run of four consecutive away defeats in all competitions without scoring.

But Azpilicueta complained about the lack of a clean sheet from their trip to Swedbank Stadion.

After Mateo Kovacic’s error let in Anders Christiansen to score a late reply for the Swedish side that leaves work to do for the Blues in next week’s return leg.

“It was a tough defeat last Sunday, but we are in the knockout stage and it’s important to start well. We had chances to have a more comfortable result, but they scored and there is still a lot to play for next week.

“In the second half we had whole control of the game and had a lot of chances. It’s frustrating to concede a goal and not to have a better result. It’s still all to play for.”

Chelsea return to action on Monday when they host Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup and a win will see them advance to the quarterfinal stage. 

“This tournament is very important, we are fighting for trophies and to be in the top four. We are in the EFL Cup final [against City] next week, every trophy is important.”

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