'A fantastic player': Loftus-Cheek shares his support for Chelsea teammate after weekend display

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has offered support to Chelsea teammate Cesar Azpilicueta, whose error proved costly in the 1-0 defeat to Everton at the weekend.

The Blues were beaten in the Premier League yesterday on their trip to Goodison Park.

Unfortunately, Chelsea captain and defender Azpilicueta gifted away possession in a dangerous area, with Everton attacker Richarlison capitalising to score the only goal of the contest in the second half.

It was one defensive lapse at the back that cost Thomas Tuchel’s side. Meanwhile, there were more signs of offensive weaknesses with a failure to score, albeit opposition goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was in great form.

Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who was a rare positive in Sunday’s loss, has shared his support to Azpilicueta:

“It can happen to anyone. I can’t remember in his career when that has happened to him. It is one of those ones and I am sure he will put it behind him very quickly as we have some big games coming up. Azpi is a fantastic player and no one will blame anyone,” Loftus-Cheek said.

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Individual errors

Azpilicueta, who’s now captained Chelsea over 200 times, will be kicking himself over his blunder at Everton.

There’s so many players in the squad that have mirrored him recently, though.

The individual mistakes in this squad are really costing the team because they’re their own worst enemy at times.

It was a contest at the weekend where Chelsea dominated the ball with 78 per cent possession, something which is a regular feature for this side.

However, they’re regularly undone with a sloppy mistake and a failure to break opposition teams down.

It’s something manager Thomas Tuchel is fairly helpless from sorting, but they’ll stand no chance in this month’s FA Cup final against Liverpool if they gift them chances.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.