Saturday, December 28, 2019

Azpi: Chelsea losing fear factor at the bridge

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is worried teams no longer worry about travelling to Stamford Bridge to face his team.

Reality has begun to bite for Frank Lampard’s Bluesin recent weeks, with home defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton.

Chelsea have struggled to create chances at home against teams employing a low block and compressing space in midfield – and the Spanish international can see the fear factor ebbing away.

“It’s true that when teams see we have not won games, they come here with more confidence because they see they can do it,” he said.

“So forget tactics. Everything is about recovering the respect at home, being solid at home, because it is not normal to lose so many games in your stadium.

“I don’t think the pressure of playing at home should be negative. It should be the opposite.

“We have the players, we have the quality and we have to turn it around straight away. The lesson has been very harsh – losing three [recent] games and scoring zero goals.”

Chelsea still sit fourth in the Premier League but with the likes of Wolves, Tottenham and Manchester United eating up ground behind them, they need an upturn in form.

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