'Not possible': Cesar Azpilicueta now addresses fans directly following his penalty miss in the FA Cup final

Cesar Azpilicueta has delivered his apologies to Chelsea supporters on social media for missing a penalty in the FA Cup final.

Azpilicueta addressed those fans he felt had been let down by his failure to score against Liverpool in the shoot-out.

Azpilicueta apologises for FA Cup failure

In a Twitter thread, the skipper wrote: “I wish I could write to you after having added another trophy for our club last Saturday, but unfortunately it was not possible.”

The 32-year-old also admitted he felt confident enough to take a penalty, but failed to dispatch his effort.

Rather than nestling one into the bottom corner, the Spaniard could only strike Alisson’s post.

Had he scored and the rest of the kicks remained the same, Chelsea would’ve been crowned cup champions.

Edouard Mendy kept out Liverpool’s fifth attempt, foiling fellow countryman Sadio Mane.

Sudden death was kept alive by Hakim Ziyech and then Diogo Jota, only to be killed off by Mason Mount.

Mount’s shot hit Alisson and rebounded away from the goal, setting up Kostas Tsimikas to seal the tie.

Jurgen Klopp’s left-back managed to evade Mendy, sending the red section of the stadium into celebration.

Meanwhile, those sporting yellow or blue sunk into their seats or the Wembley surface, hoping for the ground to swallow them whole.

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Chelsea crushed once again

Losing via the spot is always the cruellest way to go in football, especially if it happens twice in the same season.

The FA Cup final was almost a carbon copy of the Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool earlier in the campaign.

Neither side could break the deadlock in normal or extra time, despite fashioning numerous chances across both finales.

Thomas Tuchel’s men can certainly feel hard done by for not collecting at least one piece of domestic silverware.

But it simply wasn’t meant to be for the Blues.

Come back stronger next year, lads.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.