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Ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League game against Lille on Tuesday, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted the Blues were not mentally strong enough against Everton on Saturday.
Azpilicueta also warned his teammates that Tuesday’s game against Lille is like a final for Chelsea.
“Our target is to win every game and on Tuesday we have a final, it’s like the knockout stage already for us,” said the Chelsea skipper.
“We have to win to go through and we have to be ready because we cannot play like [we did against Everton]. The Champions League is the highest level and we have to be ready for it.
“The mentality is very important and performing every few days is key to being a top team. We lacked this mentality, to come here and fight, to be at our best against a team that were struggling.
“We were coming from a very good game against Aston Villa but we didn’t show ourselves to be mentally strong enough to cope with this.”