Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta said Sheffield United defeated them since the kick-off as the Blues’ defensive problems remain.

The 3-0 loss against Sheffield United could have a big impact on where Frank Lampard’s side end up at the end of the season.

While Chelsea still occupy the third place, they will be drop out of the top four for the first time since October last year if Manchester United and Leicester City both win their next games.

Chelsea defender Azpilicueta, however, admitted that they deserve to lose as they were outmatched since the beginning of the game.

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He told Chelsea’s official website: “It was really bad since the kick-off. They put the long ball, and we gave straight away a corner. So we were not ready to compete.

“We knew that they are a very organised team, that they know very well what they have to do, and to be fair we didn’t find spaces.

“They are a well-organised team, they don’t concede many goals, but we were not sharp enough, we were not quick enough to move the ball to find the attacking players in good positions.”

“We were quite flat on the passes, going sideways, backwards.”

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The Spain international said Chelsea were not dangerous “in attacking the space” and “creating spaces” and the defensive problems made it even worse.

“We are conceding a lot of goals, and it is like against Crystal Palace you have to score three goals to win the game and this time we were not even able to score one.”

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