- Cesar Azpilicueta has taken out time to fault Chelsea's quest in the current campaign
- The Blues suffered their seventh defeat to place 6th in the 2018-19 Premier League log
- Azpilicueta insists it is a disappointing run for Chelsea in the English topflight
Cesar Azpilicueta has warned Chelsea squad members that the Stamford Bridge dwellers have no business languishing in the sixth spot on the Premier League log.
According to The Mirror, the Spaniard, who also doubles as club captain is bitter over the performances of Chelsea after Sunday’s defeat at Everton.
“Our place is not to be sixth in the Premier League,” he stressed, even as he was quick to add that the club cannot afford to bank on winning the Europa League.
At the last count, the Blues have dropped five points in their last two matches that they could have won.
A performance that leaves them outside the Champions' League spot behind the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal in the Premier League log.
And Azpilicueta insists it simply not acceptable. “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.
“The Europa League 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.
“It is our job to do it because we could be talking about something different today.
“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,” he stressed.
Speaking further, the Spanish star also faulted Chelsea’s mentality at Goodison on Sunday, despite dominating the first stanza as Everton showed better class in the second.
“The reality is that the numbers are there. From 30 games only one we came back (from behind to win) in the Premier League.
“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.
“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?”
The defender also refused to blame fatigue as an excuse either, despite the far flung travels of the Europa League, and he told his team-mates it's just not good enough:
“We are professionals and we can play every three days. Every team and every player in the world wants to play as much as possible and go far in every competition. I don't think this is the main concern,” Azpilicueta summed up.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Eden Hazard insists he wants to join Spanish giants Real Madrid from Chelsea at the end of the current season.
According to UK Sun, the Chelsea playmaker is aware his contract at Stamford Bridge runs out of 2019-20 campaign, but seems to have agreed with Real Madrid to test Chelsea with an initial offer of £70m for the Belgium captain.
The 28-year-old Hazard remains optimistic of leaving Chelsea in the summer, even as Los Blancos are ready to splash out £100m, according to reports.
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