Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has criticised some refereeing decisions in the FA Cup final although he also admitted they did not perform well enough.
Referee Anthony Taylor showed six yellow cards to Chelsea players, including the two yellow cards for Mateo Kovacic which forced Chelsea to play with 10 men in the second half.
He also awarded 14 free-kicks in favour of the North London side, compared to just two for Chelsea.
Of course, Arsenal deserved the credit for their comeback win after Christian Pulisic’s early opener, but Chelsea captain still questioned some of these decisions.
He told Chelsea’s official website: “A lot of times there were 50/50s [that went in Arsenal’s favour] and we had the same in 2017 [when Anthony Taylor also took charge of a Chelsea-Arsenal final and sent off Victor Moses] but we have to look further than this.
“We have to look at ourselves,” the Spain international said as he made a comparison with the semifinal game against Manchester United.
“We played our game [in the semifinal], we were on top of them against a very good side but today we couldn’t do it for 90 minutes and, in the end, that makes the difference.”
Azpilicueta has rarely had any injuries issues throughout his Chelsea career and he admitted that being forced out of a final by a hamstring injury was difficult for him.
“It’s my first time that it’s happened and it hurts a lot when that happens in a final like today,” he said.
“Sometimes it’s football and it’s life but it’s hard to take.”