Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted that the morale in the Chelsea camp is low, after Wednesday night’s 3-3 draw with Roma meant they went three games without victory.
Since winning at Atletico Madrid last month, Chelsea have lost two games on the bounce in Premier League, to table toppers Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
Blues head coach Antonio Conte has blamed injuries as one of the reasons behind the poor form, and also responded to Jose Mourinho’s comments on Wednesday, telling the Manchester United manager to ‘concentrate on his own side’.
Eden Hazard scored his second goal of the season to earn the draw with Roma, which meant Chelsea avoided the dreaded three losses in a row – which would have been a first under Conte’s stewardship.
Azpilicueta believes that the battling point on Wednesday was “big”, and the Spanish defender now wants to see his side secure three points against high-flying Watford at the weekend, to give the whole Chelsea camp a confidence boost.
“The mood at the moment is not the best,” Azpilicueta told the London Evening Standard.
“It’s true that we are not in our best moment. We came into the game after two consecutive defeats in the Premier League.
“We had the game in our hands when we were 2-0 up, but we also had it lost when we were 3-2 down.
“We managed to get a point, we are top of the group and we will keep fighting.
“To come back into the game to get a point (against Roma) is big for the team, to show the character and that we won’t give up.
“But the reality is that we have gone three games without a win and we will try to get back to winning ways on Saturday.”