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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta asks teammates to recover from their FA Cup defeat and prepare for the UCL final

Speaking to club media on Sunday (h / t Chelsea’s official website), Cesar Azpilicueta said his Chelsea teammates need to recover from the damaging FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City, while the road to the UCL final enters its final stages.

The Blues succumbed to a screamer from Youri Tielemans in the 63rd minute on Saturday to lose the final of the domestic cup. Chelsea would have won for the ninth time in their history, but instead, the Foxes won the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

But this is no time to sit back and mull over what has already happened. Thomas Tuchel’s men have three season-defining games in the next two weeks.

Ben Chilwell had his goal overturned against Leicester City in the FA Cup final by offside.
Ben Chilwell had his goal overturned against Leicester City in the FA Cup final by offside. (imago images)

The Premier League game against Leicester and then Aston Villa will decide whether Chelsea finish in the top four or not. And, of course, the Champions League final against Manchester City is the only game that deserves more attention from the team.

Time to recover

And the Spanish international thinks it is these three games that the Blues must now turn their attention to. Although the FA Cup defeat was damaging, he it says, the team has to recover in time for its next mission on Tuesday against the Foxes.

“We lost the last 2 games, 2 important games. We lost 2 opportunities and we cannot lose more opportunities. We cannot change the results, but we have to be humble, accept that we can be better, compose ourselves and go again, because we have three crucial games for the club, for us, for the fans and we are determined to win. they.”

Cesar Azpilicueta says Chelsea should focus on qualifying for the Champions League and the UCL final.
Cesar Azpilicueta says Chelsea should focus on qualifying for the Champions League and the UCL final. (GETTY images)

Brendan Rodgers’ team is two points ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League standings. But two wins in two league games guarantee Chelsea a place in the top 4, which is why Azpilicueta even more lights the importance of this meeting.

“It is hard to take it, but in less than 3 days we are back and playing again, so we have to recover and move on. Tuesday is a great qualifying game for the Champions League. We are in a position where everything is in our hands and now is the moment, the last week of the Premier League. “

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