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Azpilicueta Hits the Nail on the Head

Our Spanish signing, from Marseille, has had an interesting introduction to life in the Premier League at Chelsea Football Club.

Settling in at right-back, his favoured position, Cesar has been through the full spectrum of emotions as Chelsea have carved out decent wins, slipped to dodgy draws and lost to teams we shoudn`t.

Speaking after the Reading game, where we snatched a draw from the jaws of victory, Cesar has given the following words to the media,

"We can`t lose this kind of game when we are leading 2-0. It`s also a bit of confidence. When the team is better it`s easier to have a clear mind. These little things can change two points."

"Yet confidence is very hard to gain and very easy to lose."

Even more so when the manager employs a rotation policy that is baffling, confusing and uncalled for and his substitutions are simply bewildering!

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 1 2013

Time: 9:24AM

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I just get the feeling that crap rotation policy what Tubs is doing could cost us a place in the CL assuming we make it there.
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01/02/2013 10:25:00

Well said David....
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01/02/2013 10:46:00

let call a spade a spade the players put against Reading under normal circumstance where supposed to finished that game off. The players has to raised their hands up and start taking responsibilities as well. They lost us the points.
jollyheart Torres
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01/02/2013 10:54:00

Azpilicueta can you hit two three nails in RAFA head also...and let his Tactician part which has gone missing since he came here come back to life..
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01/02/2013 11:14:00

@Jolly, you mean by subbing of a player you clearly shouldnt...or playing a player in a position is very lost in?? Making late subs?? How is that the players faul?? Football is not ping pong where a player or 2 are mostly involved,it has alot more to it. There are so many things he should have done differently which ended up suppressing the game. I dont see anything the players could have done given that tactically the game have been lost. There is a saying that 'for a combatant soldier,the difference between success or failure,victory and defeat is your ability to adapt to the opponent' . Rafa didnt have the correct answers to the questions thrown by the opposing manager. The players were in charge until the tactical battle was lost. Period!!
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01/02/2013 11:34:00

I'm sorry but there is no way Rafa is to blame for the Reading draw (feels like a loss to me). 2 goals up with less than 5 mins to end of regulation time, the players on the pitch, regardless of who they are, should have been able to see the game out. Hell, even if the ref gave us two red cards, a 9-man Chelsea team should have had enough quality to close off a game at that stage. No excuses, the players, all of them are culpable for this loss (loss in my eyes).
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01/02/2013 11:58:00

I just pray they keep up their morale and maintain a healthy team spirit which will give them some collective confidence going into successive games. The battle is getting heated and only the most focused teams survive this stage.
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01/02/2013 12:10:00

@Ohans.we defended with 10 players against Barcelona and got a well deserved result. These guys are pro and should be able to finish the game off no matter what. @ BlueKeyRing u are right. Is time the players stand up.
jollyheart Torres
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01/02/2013 13:28:00

Well said azpi...i still repeat that the team sent out was good enough to beat reading silly even without a coach.we wasted a host of very good chances to run away with the points and our shambolic defence let the whole team down at the death...we can all blame rafa for many things but on wednesday the players shoulders a fair(if not greater) share of responsibility..accordin to a friend on another thread "the coach can only control tactics and not their minds"
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01/02/2013 13:49:00

It is bullcrap blaming the players, agreed that they should be able to beat a team like reading, but this players are tired and the coach didn't observe to change when it matters, when u go through the news, u'll notice players complaining about the intensity of rafa's trainning method, despite having a congested schedule, di matteo last season made the team go on light trainning sessions in the run to the UCL triumph, so I'll blame the coach and the players, the coach for not doing what he is paid to do tactically, and the player for not digging deep to win and make sacrifices for the team, perhaps rafa is not big with motivating his players
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01/02/2013 18:55:00

And is called to tha national team. It seems he is really doing a very good job
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