Azpilicueta Believes Chelsea Will Make Champions League Spot Amid Manchester City CAS Decision


Following a disappointing outing at the weekend that saw Chelsea lose 3-0 to Sheffield United on Saturday, Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta has issued a rallying call and is not looking for a handout to put his side back in the elite European competition next season


Azpilicueta said Chelsea want to take responsibility for their own destiny by finishing in the top four despite the possibility of a Manchester City ban leading to fifth-place team, also qualify for next season's competition.


Man City's appeal will either be considered or rejected by Court Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on Monday with the announcement of the club's fate.


This will come after Chelsea's humble 3-0 away loss to Sheffield United in the Premier League, which threw their attempt to finish in the top four already in doubt after taking third place.


Chelsea captain Azpilicueta has raised a rallying cry over standards after his team's poor display at Brammall Lane and denies wanting any favors from the upcoming decision.


 


As quoted by Sports Central, the 30-year old said on Saturday: "Listen, our job is to be as high as possible in the table. "We got into third place and our aim is to finish as high as possible. When you lose that chance to have it in your hands and finish third, it is a big disappointment. "And it is now out of our hands and we are very disappointed about this and this result. But we know that in 72 hours we have a massive game. We have to play from here to the end of the season like it is a final and get the maximum points as possible. "When you are a player of Chelsea you have to give everything in every training session. Always Chelsea have had very good players, world-class players and new signings. We know that we have to fight for our place. "The standards are high and you have to aim for the maximum. This ambition has to remain and we know that the squad we have at the moment is the one that can achieve the targets for this season. "And when the next season comes, we will take it as it comes but I think the focus is 100 per cent on doing the best job we can in these weeks and get the targets we aim for.


Although Chelsea will then play Norwich at home, a match they are likely to win as their opponents are already relegated to the championship, their other matches will be difficult.


They then have an FA Cup semifinal with an in-form Manchester United before playing their last two league games against Liverpool and the Wolves.


Azpilicueta rose to address the level of challenge to achieve a positive result for Frank Lampard side.


He added: "No, at this stage of the season even though we won two games we know we were not at our best. "We have conceded a lot of goals and in every game, there have been difficulties. Now it is about to speak together and fight together. "We have three games in the Premier League remaining in the next 15 days and you know there is a semi-final against Manchester United. Today is a very tough one to take. We didn’t play our game, we were slow, we couldn’t find spaces and we concede three goals again so it's a difficult one. "We had it in our hands to be in the top four this season and obviously after today’s game we now have to wait for other results. But there are three games remaining the Premier League and we will do the most we can to finish in the top four by getting points.


 


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