CHELSEA'S poor run of form in top games is out of character, and needs to be addressed, says Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Blues' season has been characterised by a series of top games in which the team has seemed to choke: the FA Community Shield, the Uefa Super Cup, the World Club Cup final, the League Cup semi-final.
Against Manchester City on Sunday at Wembley, a similar pattern emerged, with Chelsea failing to turn up for much of the first hour of their FA Cup semi-final, and going out despite a valiant late flourish.
Azpilicueta says it is a concern, and that the club needs to look at what has happened once the season ends
“Yes - it is not normal for Chelsea,” he said. “But it is the reality now that we really need to refocus on the future. We have the semi-final of the Europa League that we can win at the moment, and the fight for a Champions League place.
“After, at the end of the season, we will look to the balance of the season. But now is one month of competition, and we will be focused.”
Asked if losing so many big games was a worry, the Spanish full-back said: “It is a little bit, because I think that in the first minutes we didn't play our game: because we were defending, we didn't create chances, we shoot one time in the first half.
“It is true that we need to play different. But they [City] are a strong team and they started really well. We did our best, but it is true that in the second half we did better.”