Cesar Azpilicueta’s Chelsea Europa League warning

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Chelsea travelled to Everton on Sunday, March 17th as they looked to close the gap on the top four.

If Maurizio Sarri’s side beat Everton they would have moved level on points with 4th place Arsenal and above Man United.

Chelsea did start Sunday’s clash very brightly and probably should have gone in at half time one or two goals up.

They did not though and would be punished four minutes into the second half as Richarlison gave Everton the lead.

Gylfi Sigurdsson then finished the game off, making it 2-0 in the 72nd minute.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 23: Maurizio Sarri, coach of Chelsea looks on prior to the international friendly between Chelsea FC and Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on July 23, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Azpilicueta’s Europa League warning

After a poor showing vs Everton, Cesar Azpilicueta has sent a warning to Chelsea about relying on the Europa League.

The Blues are in the quarter-final of said competition and have perhaps the easiest draw in the last eight.

If Chelsea go on to win the Europa League they would be entered into next years Champions League.

However, Azpilicueta doesn’t want his side to have to depend on the Europa League for UCL qualification and instead wants his side to finish higher than 6th:

“Chelsea’s place is not to finish sixth. I can’t accept this. The Europa League gives us a way into the Champions League and also would be a trophy. 

“But we are not in a position in the League where we are going to say we are not going to get in a Champions League spot. I don’t see the Europa League as the only way to be in the Champions League.”As quoted by the Evening Standard.

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