Tuesday 19 February 2019

Azpilicueta seeks a cure for Cup blues

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta  Arsenal came from behind to beat Antonio Conte's side 2-1 in Wednesday's semi-final second-leg and secure a Wembley date with Manchester City.

Chelsea have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions, not including their penalty shoot-out success against a spirited Norwich side in their FA Cup third-round replay last week.

They now face Premier League rivals Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Sunday looking to keep their hopes of FA Cup success alive.

Azpilicueta feels that it is important not only to bounce back from the defeat at Arsenal with a win but also improve the confidence among the Chelsea squad.

"Obviously we are disappointed and it hurts a lot," he said.

"But now we have to analyse ourselves to improve. We know that we can do better. On Sunday we have another chance in the FA Cup to keep going and try to get closer to that trophy.

"After every defeat you need to bounce back in the next game and to show the answer from the team. Even in this case we go from one cup to another and we have to look forward. We have to go for it and get a win for our confidence."

Conte spoke afterwards about the club's ongoing frustrations in the transfer market as they look to improve their squad before Wednesday's deadline.

"I think the club decide our transfer market," he said. "My task is to try and improve the team, about the transfer market from the summer, the club decides every single player.

"I think there are different situations, sometimes I can have an impact on the transfer market but sometimes I don't have an impact on this."

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