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Azpilicueta confident Chelsea will advance in CL

Thu 15 September 2022 | 12:23

Although the Blues drew their Champions League clash with Salzburg and fell to the bottom of the group stage, Cesar Azpilicueta is optimistic about the future.

Chelsea

were held to a draw in their encounter with

Salzburg

courtesy of

Thiago Silva

’s error which lead to the equalizer scored by Salzburg. However,

Cesar Azpilicueta

does not blame his teammate and is confident that his side can improve and make their way to the next stage of the Champions League

The Blues had more domination in their Group E tie, which was Graham Potters first match in charge of the club. They were able to score the opener in the 48th minute thanks to Raheem Sterling’s goal. However, the opponents were able to level the game through Noah Okafor, which came following Silva’s error.

Azpilicueta chose not to point fingers for blame after Okafor’s strike, which was his fifth in the last five Champions League outings for him. He believes the whole team should learn something from the game.

"The goals were we concede and we score, we do that as a team,"

he told beIN SPORTS

. "We can go through the goal and there are other positions that we can improve. 

"We had the ball and that's what we have to improve. We need to be more effective in both boxes and when we arrive we can score more goals. When they arrive, a few times lately, we are conceding. As a collective we have to get better."

The Blues were not able to win any of their first two games in the Champions League as they were also defeated at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb last week. Due to the poor results, Chelsea are sitting bottom of their group. Milan are three points above them and are getting ready to face Chelsea in their next two fixtures after the September internationals.

Azpilicueta is still upbeat notwithstanding the outcome of the last two games and thinks his side will reserve a place in the knockout stages.

"We are Chelsea,"

he said.

"I have full confidence that this group will work hard and will fight until the end. It's true that it's not the position that we wanted after the first two games but it's still in our hands. 

"We have 12 points in front of us. If we grab them we will go through. That's where Chelsea belong. So that's where we want to be. We have to go day-by-day, working hard. 

"Now we have an international break. We don't play at the weekend and hopefully we can regroup, stick together and after the international break we'll be playing every three days and we need everybody. Hopefully we will do it."

Potter used a 3-5-2 system for the team in his first game after his arrival, using Sterling as the left wing-back and Reece James on the other side. Sterling was able to find the target for the Premier League side, which marked his 250th involvement with goals with the Blues.

"We tried this set-up so we could be stronger and to defend against their system and hurt them,"

Azpilicueta said when asked about Potter's team selection.

"Raheem is an amazing player playing wide and great in one against one chances. 

"He scored an amazing goal and we tried to build from the back, get into spaces, get midfield players in good positions. I think for moments we had a good control of the game, for others not that good.

"But that's where we are and we have to analyse, to be humble and know that this group has enormous talent and have to be working because there is still a lot of room for improvement."


source: SportMob

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