AZPILICUETA WARNS CHELSEA AGAINST PLACING ALL HOPES ON WINNING EUROPA LEAGUE

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A fourth away defeat in five matches in Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Everton leaves Chelsea three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League with just eight games left.

Chelsea would currently be third if the Blues had beaten Wolves and Everton.

With Chelsea currently sixth on the table, it seems Chelsea’s best chance of Champions League qualification is winning the Europa League.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has warned the Blues can’t afford to pin our Champions League qualification hopes on winning the Europa League.

“We missed a chance to get points and every time you don’t get the three points you put yourself in a more difficult position,” Azpilicueta said.

“There is still a lot of games to play and we are going to fight because we cannot miss Champions League qualification.

“I don’t see just the Europa League as the only way of being in the Champions League, because Chelsea’s place is not to be sixth in the Premier League so I cannot accept this.

“There is a way of going into the Champions League, it is a trophy, and we will play until the end but we are not in a position in the league where you can say we are not going to reach the Champions League spots.

“If we had won the (last) two games we would be third going into the international break and we could have said we were already in the Champions League.

“Obviously with five more points we could have been much better.”

After dominating the first half at Goodison Park, Chelsea capitulated in the second half and conceded two goals.

Only once this season have Chelsea come from behind to win a match and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri voiced his worries about the mental strength of his players.

“The reality is that the numbers are there. From 30 games only one we came back in the Premier League,” Sarri said.

“It is frustrating. It is not the first game where we played very well in the first half and we didn’t kill the game and then in the second half are in trouble from the first minute. That was the case against Everton.

“It is difficult to understand how we cannot keep the consistency during the game and in the season as well.

“We have had a couple of good results but we’ve had bad results and obviously that scenario puts you in a more difficult position.”

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