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This season is the first time since 2010 (when he was in Marseille) that Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta isn’t playing Champions League football and Azpilicueta has revealed it’s very hard not to be playing Champions League football.

“This the first year since I signed for Marseille [in 2010] that I have not been in the Champions League and it’s hard,” Azpilicueta told Daily Mail.

“A bad season last season has left us out of it and so there is nothing we can do but when I’m watching it at home, I want to be there and involved.

“Last season we found ourselves in a position that Chelsea should not be in. We knew we had to first of all come back in the Premier League.

“We are now in a good position although we know there are still 10 games to go. Palace is the first and we know it is not over. We have this gap at the top because we deserve to have it, but we have to go on fighting to finish the job.

“From there the next step is to get back into European competition and do as well as possible but maintaining the same level in the Premier League.”

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