AZPILICUETA TALKS ABOUT HIS ASSIST FOR HIGUAIN’S GOAL AGAINST FULHAM

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Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain scored his third Chelsea goal in our 2-1 win at Fulham on Sunday with Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta providing the assist for the goal.

Higuain had a chance to score a brace against Fulham but was denied by the Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico, with Azpilicueta also providing the pass for the chance.

Azpilicueta talked about his link-up with Higuain.

“It is something we are trying to improve on when we get into those areas, to try to find the right pass,” Azpilicueta said.

“Gonzalo is very clever in his movements and it is true that the two actions were more or less copy and paste. He was unlucky and it was a very good save with the second chance.”

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was back in goal for the game against Fulham after he was dropped for the win over Tottenham on Wednesday following his refusal to be substituted during the Carabao Cup loss against Manchester City.

Azpilicueta insists the incident is over and urged everyone to be focused on the last two-and-a-half months we have.

“He made a couple of good saves,” Azpilicueta said.

“This is all done [the follow-up from the Wembley incident] and now we have to be focused on the last two-and-a-half months we have. We have important games coming up. We need from everybody, the squad is ready to fight for everything and we have been working really hard. Now we have to try to get to the targets that we want.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea had a good 60 minutes against Fulham and should have killed the match with a third goal.

“We played very well for 60 minutes,” Sarri said.

“We could have killed the match with a third goal. We didn’t kill the match and then in the last 20, 25 minutes we were very tired, physically but also mentally.

“In seven days we played 120 minutes in a difficult match against City, we played 90 very expensive minutes against Tottenham, and today a very important derby against a team with a new coach. It was a very difficult match.

“So very good for 60 minutes, then very tired, but it was a normal reaction to our seven days.”

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