Chelsea made it 11 league games unbeaten on Sunday afternoon as they comfortably beat Crystal Palace 3-1 and Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta used the win as a platform to send a warning to champions Manchester City, stating that by December 8th there will be new league leaders in the form of the Stamford Bridge outfit.
However many of the Chelsea faithful were less than pleased with his individual performance, with some even calling for the London club’s hierarchy to find a replacement for the Spanish defender as soon as possible.
Maurizio Sarri’s system might have been successful so far, with the Italian also bringing through the likes of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to great effect, but one man who certainly hasn’t flourished under new management is the 5-foot-10 full-back.
The former Marseille man was arguably the best defender in the league under Antonio Conte, who tucked him inside into a back three. Chalking up six assists and two goals in the 17/18 season, the 29-year-old was a threat going forward when allowed to pick out a cross, but his one assist so far this season indicates he is struggling and this has been noticed by the Blues fans.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter.
I love azpi but with this coach a new rb is desperately needed
— Mat (@mat_ellis) November 4, 2018
You get worst game by game turning every winger u meet to prime messi u need to fix yourself up
— OOHJAY (@OOHJAYPUMPING) November 4, 2018
U need to take some passing drills 🙂 Some easy mistakes today
— soho (@sohofx) 4 November 2018
Have some shame, revoke ur captaincy and bench yourself fraud. Biggest liability in the starting xihttps://t.co/ZsdXqqRXK0
— ?Mr Chelsea Boss? (@MrChelseaBoss) 4 November 2018
sort your stuff out, Captain. You’re better
— M.MountRLC (@hudson_odoi14) 4 November 2018
Man you need to review your performances. Such a pity that our Captain plays like that!
— Ali (@A4CFC) 5 November 2018
AZPI… PLEASE IMPROVE GOING FORWARD… MAKE THE CROSSES. WORK ON IT. YOU CAN DO IT.
— John4Chelsea (@johnvmOfficial) 5 November 2018
Dave, get your act together. We need you strong as you have always been. #cfc
— Marko Milošič (@markomilosic) 4 November 2018