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Defender says sorry to fans

11th February 2019, 11:02 by Nick Harris

Cesar Azpilicueta has apologised to supporters and branded Chelsea's hammering at Manchester City "not acceptable".

The Londoners crashed to their heaviest defeat since 1991 as the Premier League champions ran riot at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The loss saw Chelsea slip below Arsenal to sixth in the table on goals scored and raised further questions over the future of manager Maurizio Sarri.

Defender Azpilicueta, who was given a torrid time by two-goal City winger Raheem Sterling, said on the club's website: "It's difficult to find the words to describe my feeling after the game.

"It is one of the worst nights in my career. It's very frustrating, it's very disappointing.

"When you lose 6-0 everyone has to accept they didn't play well. The only thing I can say to the fans is sorry, because it's not acceptable, and I feel sorry for all of them."

It was the Blues' third defeat in four Premier League games, coming after a 2-0 loss at Arsenal and a 4-0 thrashing by Bournemouth. The only relief during that period was a 5-0 victory over bottom side Huddersfield.

Azpilicueta, who conceded the penalty for Aguero's third goal, said: "We have lost big games in the first minutes and we are conceding a lot of goals. We cannot accept that.

"We knew we had one of the best teams in front of us and we knew it would be tough.

"When we won against them at Stamford Bridge it was because we played a very good game all together. This time it was not the case. To lose in this way is very disappointing."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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