Azpilicueta is keen to point out that an expensively-assembled squad remains a work in progress, but lofty targets are still being set
Chelsea got off to a good start to the season but only drew once in three games against Arsenal, Aston Villa and Man City to make matters worse. The Lampard men came out of the pressure a bit with a win over Fulham on Saturday, but are still eight points behind leaders Manchester United. In an interview with Sky Sports, Azpilicueta mentioned that Chelsea will continue to strive for the championship.
The long-serving captain at Stamford Bridge said: “
We are Chelsea, we are very demanding of ourselves and we want to be always as high as possible fighting for everything.
"So when the results are not there we want to improve.
"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."
The Blues will face Leicester City tonight at King Power Stadium, who are currently fourth in the table, six points ahead of Chelsea.
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,
" Azpilicueta said of the Blues' search for consistency.
"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 top of the Premier League is tough and you have to give everything in every single game - as we saw against Fulham, against 10 men for 45 minutes, it's never easy to win a game. They drew against Liverpool, they drew against 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."