goal was his sixth assisted by Cesar Azpilicueta this season. The goal also put
Morata into double-digits in league goals.
Cesar Azpilicueta has
assisted Alvaro Morata for six Premier League goals this season – the
joint-most for one Chelsea to another in a single season (Fabregas-Costa
14-15 and Lampard-Drogba 09-10).
Huddersfield 1-3 Chelsea
Chelsea put their West Ham defeat misery behind them by
beating Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium. The visitors broke the deadlock
on 23 minutes, Tiemoue Bakayoko capitalising up a poor clearance to score. Willian
doubled the lead just before half-time, heading home Marcos Alonso’s cross at
the back post. Four minutes into the second half Pedro made it 3-0, curling
home an effort from the edge of the area
Chelsea must beat West Ham to take advantage of Manchester
derby, says Cesar Azpilicueta
“’The two (Manchester) teams can’t both take
three points, so every time you get an opportunity to get close, you have to
take it. We have to be intelligent to look at ourselves and then we’ll see how
the opponents will react. We have to go game by game in this busy period in
December – every three days you are fighting for a big three points. We have to
look at ourselves. We will then see where we are in the final weeks of the
season, where we could fight for it.“
Cesar Azpilicueta isn’t starting a Chelsea PL game for the first time since December 2015, having played 90 minutes in each of the Blues’ last 74 top-flight matches.
Spanish players have now
contributed 12 of Chelsea’s 17 Premier League goal this season. Pedro has two
of those, with six coming from Alvaro Morata, two from Marcos Alonso and one
each from Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted morale at Chelsea is low as a result of their three-match winless run. Chelsea, since winning impressively at Atletico Madrid last month, have lost successive Premier League games to Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
Azpilicueta – ‘The mood at the moment is not the best. 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.’
Chelsea’s Spanish duo Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta are the Premier League’s most deadly duo. Of Morata’s six goals so far in the blue of Chelsea, four have come as a result of an assist provided by his Spanish compatriot Azpilicueta. The fleet footed defender has established a knack of capitalising upon his attacking capabilities and driving forward in order to pick out the club’s new target man.
Morata bagged a sublime hat-trick in Chelsea’s recent trip to Stoke, with his ever reliable team-mate pitching it with his efforts. It took just two minutes for Azpilicueta to pick out Morata with a long range ball, splitting the Stoke defence in half and playing the striker through on goal. Morata added a second of his own accord but it was Azpilicueta again who would help him complete his hat-trick, chesting down the ball inside the area for the 24-year-old to lash home in the dying moments.