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Azpilicueta calls on Chelsea to sort out defensive problems


Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has called on the side to sort out its defensive problems after it was held to a 3-3 draw by Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Chelsea has now conceded three goals in successive matches after losing 3-2 at West Ham United in the Premier League last weekend. โ€œWe are normally a team that is quite solid. We donโ€™t concede many chances or many goals, but in the last two games we have conceded six goals and that isn’t good enough. We have to sort this problem out,โ€ Azpilicueta said.

Chelsea dropped off after a good start and trailed 2-1 at half-time, and Azpilicueta said it could have been worse.

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โ€œIn the first half we played very good for 15 minutes, but then we dropped our level and we could have even been 3-1 down before half-time. There were a few minutes where we lost the pace of the game,โ€ the 32-year-old said.

โ€œWe had a good reaction in the second half and we were leading with three minutes to go, so it hurts a lot to concede.โ€

The Spaniard urged his side to learn from its mistakes. โ€œIn football you have to accept it, analyse and improve. We need everybody to get that extra percent sharper, as individuals and as a team,โ€ he added.

โ€œWe have to recover this solidity across the whole team.โ€

Chelsea, third in the Premier League, host Leeds on Saturday.

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