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Chelsea lost to West Ham on Saturday – a disappointing defeat that took the Blues 14 points away from league leaders Manchester City.

Chelsea lost the game after Marko Arnautovic gave the Hammers an early lead. West Ham scored in the sixth minute of the game and defended the lead all through the game despite the pressure from Chelsea, and Azpilicueta thinks the early goal was the cause of the defeat.

“Every time you concede an early goal it makes it even more difficult,” said the Chelsea vice-captain, who made his 250th appearance for the Blues on Saturday.

“Every game is difficult. You have to play 90 minutes very well to get the points. When you are 1-0 down it becomes harder.

“We are obviously disappointed with it. We need to analyse to bounce back from the defeat. I think we did not start the way that we had to start. We conceded an early goal and after this West Ham were in a dangerous position.

“Every point is important for them, but the same for us. So after this we were not able to create chances to score and when you are 1-0 down it is difficult and we were not able to come back.”

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