How Cesar Azpilicueta can fix Chelsea’s defensive problems


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Manchester City exploited Chelsea’s vulnerability in the left-back position and Riyad Mahrez’s winner came from that position.

Every time Manchester City were in possession of the ball, their aim was to get the ball to Chelsea’s left flank and target Emerson Palmieri. It was obvious Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola had seen Emerson as a weak-link in Chelsea’s defence.

Ahead of our Champions League game against Valencia on Wednesday, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard must sort out the problem at left-back.

Playing Marcos Alonso at left-back isn’t the solution after his terrible display in the 4-4 draw against Ajax. The Spaniard was so poor that Lampard had to replace him at halftime.

Lampard can solve our left-back problem by getting Cesar Azpilicueta to switch flanks. Azpilicueta was solid when he switched to left-back against Ajax and he was also solid when he switched to left-back against Manchester City.

Playing Azpilicueta at left-back will give Reece James the opportunity to start at right-back. James has been brilliant whenever he has been given an opportunity.

Chelsea need all three points against Valencia on Wednesday and sorting out our problem at left-back is key to achieving that.

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