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The game between Manchester United and Chelsea on Sunday evening was a tough physical battle that saw some heavy clashes during the game.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta went shoulder to shoulder with Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku near the corner flag and the Belgian’s push sent the Spaniard off the pitch towards United’s supporters who were sat in the front row of the Stretford End.
Lukaku’s push sent Azpilicueta flying off the pitch into United’s official club photographer of 25 years, who was sat just yards from the edge of the pitch, and the photographer seemed unhappy with the clash.
Asked if he was okay after the challenge from Lukaku, Azpilicueta said: “I was okay, maybe I was lucky I had the photographer just in front of me. I was going straight to the wall.
“It’s a fight, it’s a fight, we knew they are a very physical team. Physicality is part of football, the battles, I’m happy for it.”
Chelsea could only get a draw at Old Trafford, and it was enough to keep Chelsea in fourth with two games left of the season to play.
Cesar admitted after the game that although the team is satisfied with the draw, Chelsea were unlucky not to win the game.
“Every point is very important, especially at this stage of the season,” the skipper stated.
“When the score is 1-1, you don’t want to concede but we showed that we wanted to go for the win because we were still getting players into the box, so I think in that sense we were a little unlucky not to get more out of the game.
“The objective remains the same. We are two games away from finishing in the top four, it is in our hands and we want to make sure we win both games and get into the Champions League for next season.”
Chelsea’s next game is a Europa League semi-final clash with the first leg away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, and the Chelsea skipper admits that the competition is a strong one which the players are working hard to win.
“The Europa League is a very important trophy for us to win as well, as we have been working hard for this since September,” the Spaniard said.
“We are in a good place in that competition and in the Premier League, with two games left to qualify for the Champions League.
“It’s in our hands but there is still work to do yet, but we have shown that we can compete with our two targets. The atmosphere in the dressing-room is very good, as always, and we are working hard to ensure we finish the season strongly.”