Chelsea’s captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, has opened up on the club’s biggest problems while calling on his teammates to improve in one key area.
The Spaniard said this ahead of Chelsea’s crucial Premier League clash against Leeds United on Saturday.
Chelsea won their first five Champions League matches Chelsea and topped the Premier League table after 14 matches.
They conceded just seven goals during that run but have since suffered back-to-back defeats with a 3-2 loss away to West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.
They also had a disappointing 3-3 draw against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League last night.
Chelsea held the lead on two occasions against Zenit, including when Timo Werner’s fine finish from inside the box put them 3-2 up after 85 minutes.
And Azpilcueta admitted that their defending hasn’t been good enough.
“It hurts to concede a goal in the 94th minute when we have led twice,’ the club captain said following Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Zenit.
“In the first half we played very good for 15 minutes, but then we dropped our level and we could have even been 3-1 down before half-time. There were a few minutes where we lost the pace of the game.
“We had a good reaction in the second half and we were leading with three minutes to go, so it hurts a lot to concede. Zenit have very talented players with individual quality. They played with freedom and found spaces.
“We are normally a team that is quite solid. We don’t concede many chances or many goals, but in the last two games we have conceded six goals and that isn’t good enough. We have to sort this problem out.
“It’s true we are having a tough moment. In the last couple of games the performances have not been very good and that has been reflected in the results. We have to have a reaction. There is still a lot to play for.