Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta said that back-to-back final losses against Liverpool on penalties were difficult to take after Juergen Klopp’s team once again took them over in the FA Cup decision on Saturday.
Chelsea, who lost the League Cup final in February, lost 6-5 in the FA Cup after Azpilicueta and Mason Mount both missed their kicks, allowing Kostas Tsimikas to take home the winner in sudden death.
“When we came to the penalty shootout, we tried to do the best we could. We were ready for it. Unfortunately, it did not happen again this time,” the Spaniard told the club’s website.
“I missed my penalty too so it’s not Mason. We’re all here together. When we make the list, we all feel confident we want to shoot. This time it’s happening and I’m sure Mason will have many more. times, he is still a young player.
“It’s part of football. It’s true that it sometimes looks painful, but of course we are the first to be injured.”
Chelsea, third in the Premier League, have had a turbulent season due to government sanctions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”.
Russian owner Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale in March and a consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly will now take over at Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta said Chelsea can still take some positive results from the season if they finish strong in the league, starting with Leicester City on Thursday.
“We got two trophies this season, the Club World Cup and the Super Cup, which we also have to appreciate … but of course, when you come here and you lose two finals you are disappointed. Now we have two matches, six points, to finish third. “