Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted the club is in trouble after losing 4-0 to Bournemouth on Wednesday night and losing to Arsenal 2-0 in our previous Premier League game.
The defeat to Bournemouth has seen the Blues drop out of Champions League places and Azpilicueta insists the players will fight to ensure the Blues qualify for the Champions League next season. Arsenal are now ahead of us on goals scored.
“It (the battle for the top four) is very tight,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea’s official website.
“Two weeks ago we were in a better position. We have put ourselves at risk. We are in trouble after dropping six points in the last two games.
“’It’s become harder but we have to get the three points on Saturday, there is no other option.
“The target is to qualify: the minimum we should do is qualify for the Champions League. It’s very important, the minimum Chelsea require, and we will fight hard to get that position.”
Following the second half capitulation against Bournemouth, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri asked his coaching staff to leave the dressing room as he talked with the players for about 40 minutes.
Azpilicueta has revealed the players and manager Sarri spoke as men after a lengthy dressing room debrief following their heavy defeat at Bournemouth.
“Everything went wrong from the first minute of the second half,” Azpilicueta added.
“We conceded an early goal, and then when we were closer to equalising we conceded a second. After that, we didn’t have the reaction we should have. Conceding four goals is unacceptable, and we are very angry with that.
“Afterwards we spoke as men between the manager and the players.
“We are very angry. It is unacceptable for Chelsea and we have to find the solutions.
“Conceding four goals is unacceptable, and we are very angry with that. We expected another result. To lose 4-0 as Chelsea players is unacceptable.
“We spoke and in three days’ time we have another game. We have to be more consistent because 10 days ago we lost against Arsenal, we had a really bad game there, then we played two good games in the cup. To drop back again is really frustrating.”