Azpilicueta: We are aware of our defensive lapses

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has spoken about the club’s leaky form at the back.

Chelsea slumped to a disappointing draw versus Southampton at home last weekend. The Blues captain has admitted to problems that need to be solved at the back.

“What is clear is that if we want to fight for everything we have to improve defensively,” Azpilicueta told the pre-match press conference.

“This is a problem we have to fix collectively and individually. Sometimes you can get away with it but you cannot rely every game on having to score three goals.

“You have to dig in and get a clean sheet. It’s very important for the confidence of the team to have this solidity. We have to start getting this consistency of not conceding goals. When you have the solidity defensively, it gives a boost to the whole team, to the attacking players to create chances.

“When you are defensively weak sometimes we feel like we have to score three or four goals every game. As a defender, I feel bad when you concede so many goals. We have to improve our personal mistakes and collectively take better decisions.

“Through the season you are not going to be playing beautiful football and winning three or four-nil every game. When you don’t you have to get results.”

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