Cesar Azpilicueta has insisted that Chelsea must be more ‘clinical in both boxes’ following their fourth defeat in their last three Premier League games.

The Blues suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss at the hands of Everton on Saturday and will be looking to bounce back immediately when faced with a crucial Champions League tie at home to Lille.

As reported by the Chelsea website, the captain was honest in his assessment of the current form of his side. He said: ”We did not start very well because we knew they could have a reaction in the stadium with a new manager but we didn’t cope well enough.

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”In the first five minutes, we gave away a goal from a cross, which we knew they were dangerous from, and after that, we were in trouble. We conceded again early in the second half and in those key moments we weren’t strong enough to cope with them.”

Azpilicueta is aware of the problems that the team are currently suffering from, and made sure he did not just attack the recent defensive performances. He added:

”We are conceding a lot and when we arrive in the dangerous areas, we are not clinical enough to score our chances. It’s a major problem because in football the key is to be clinical in both boxes and at the moment we are not strong enough in both of them so we have to work on that.”

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Chelsea fans will be hoping that the awareness of the issues will help to quickly eradicate them. The Blues must regain their focus and win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night against Lille to progress to the last-16 of the Champions League.

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