Cesar Azpilicueta’s Chelsea message after opening day thrashing by Man Utd

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Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta says Frank Lampard’s side cannot afford to dwell on their 4-0 opening day defeat at Manchester United .

Lampard’s first Premier League game in charge ended in an emphatic defeat, despite Chelsea enjoying more possession and producing more shots on goal.

Sloppy defensive errors cost the Blues, but Azpilicueta said Chelsea must move on quickly from the defeat, starting with tomorrow’s UEFA Super Cup showdown with Liverpool in Istanbul.

“We’re obviously very disappointed with the result because we controlled the game, especially in the first-half, and created a lot of chances but we couldn’t score,” said Azpilicueta.

Cesar Azpilicueta says Chelsea cannot afford to dwell on their defeat at Man Utd

“It’s a tough scoreline to take but we weren’t clinical in the boxes and after we conceded two goals in two minutes, things were more difficult for us.

“From that point, we were more open and gave them more spaces, they got more confidence and at the end we got a tough result.

“We deserved more but it is what it is and we have to move on.”

Lampard was criticised by former Chelsea and United boss Jose Mourinho, for picking young duo Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham ahead of the more experienced N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud.

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The Blues boss defended his team selection and Azpilicueta backed his boss, insisting Mount and Abraham deserved their place and justified their selection, despite the Old Trafford defeat.

Frank Lampard was criticised for his team selection in the loss at Old Trafford

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“We trust in them and they’re here because they deserve to be here,” said the Chelsea captain.

“They’re fighting in every training session and now we have a massive opportunity to create a fantastic group.

“Everyone would like to start the season in a better way but we have to learn from every game and come back stronger.”





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