Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta feels his side lacks the pragmatism required to see out games as he regretted some of their decision-making during the Southampton draw.
The Blues will face a tough challenge against Sevilla at Stamford Bridge tomorrow for their Champions League opener. However, the disappointing 3-3 draw against Southampton was still the primary topic in today’s press conference.
The game went how some critics have expected Chelsea to play following their summer spending spree on the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech – sharp in the attacking third but brittle defensively.
Azpilicueta highlighted the team’s poor decision-making as costing them two points.
“In the second half, it’s true we put ourselves in trouble. [We] didn’t choose the right solution,” he told the media (via Football London).
“We lost a few balls and gave them the confidence to press us. We didn’t threaten enough.
“In the last minute, we conceded from a set play and when we are on the pitch we have to make better decisions.
“If you’re 3-2 up you don’t expect to play the best football of your life. You dig in, lock the door to the finish.”
The Spain international said there would be times when the side would have to play “non-attractive football” the fans wouldn’t enjoy as much in order to secure the win.
“You cannot play beautiful football every day but, when you don’t do that, you have to get the results,” he added.
“We have to improve that.”
Sevilla will be another big test for Chelsea’s defence, with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy still out due to a thigh injury.
Azpilicueta said he knows Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui from his time with the Spain national team and the La Liga side would be a tough challenge.
“We saw Sevilla beat Wolves and Manchester United last season in Europa League so [they] have the level to compete,” the defender said.
“I expect a tough game – but we are Chelsea, we are at home and have to be ready to compete.”