What Cesar Azpilicueta did at full-time last night after Graham Potter had left the pitch

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was spotted at full-time calling Chelsea players back to the pitch to applaud the travelling Blues crowd.

The video on Twitter shows no sign of Graham Potter being present to give the usual post-game thanks.

The Blues put up a strong fight for half the game last night against Manchester City, after heavily rotating their side in order to finally give some players minutes.

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The likes of Armando Broja, Hakim Ziyech and Denis Zakaria enjoyed rare starts.

There was also a first start of the season for Lewis Hall, who impressed greatly for the 75 minutes he played in just his second first team appearance.

The night did end in overall disappointment though. Two quick-fire second half goals saw the English champions race out of sight and into the last 16 of the League Cup.

Azpilicueta calls players back

Anger for some Chelsea fans won’t stop at the result however.

There will be widespread annoyance amongst the travelling Blues faithful that they weren’t immediately greeted by their players after the game.

The skipper was forced to call back a number of players, although the manager had already disappeared.

Earlier this season, Christian Pulisic fractured his personal relationship with Chelsea fans more after trying to leave the pitch at Southampton without completing the same gesture to the away fans.

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Fans should always remember the annoyance amongst professional footballers when they lose a match, no matter the situation and competition it happens in.

However, the gesture takes so little time to carry out, and is often a sign of thanks to the fans who will travel all over the world to support their team no matter how badly they are playing.

These things have to go both ways though, and supporters should try to look past three defeats in four games as a stick to beat the likes of Potter with, when taking into account the quality of opponents played.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released