The West London club blew a 2-0 lead against Reading on Wednesday night and only come away from the Madejski stadium with a point after Adam Le Fondre’s brace secured a draw for the Royals late on in a match that Chelsea were cruising.
Azpilicueta, 23, admitted his concerns:
“Teams are scared when you win games in a row. It’s true when you win (regularly) you get more respect.
“I don’t think that it’s nerves. We have a lot of players with experience who have played a lot of important games and who have been in this situation a lot of times.
“I think the problem is with our confidence. When the team are better, it’s easier to have the mind clear and to manage the situation better. These are the little things that can lead to losing two points.”
Even sides with fragile confidence have got some joy against Chelsea this season, especially QPR who earned four points against us and we are the only side that has failed to score against the relegation battlers. I think there’s far too much fear within the Chelsea ranks due to the rut the club has found itself in and the appointment of Rafael Benitez has compounded the misery of failing to land a top managerial target in the summer and coming into the season with a half-developed squad lacking in depth.
Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson said he heard Ashley Cole criticise his team mates during our FA Cup fourth round tie which shows the frustration amongst the ranks and they also claimed to know that the unrest emanating from the Chelsea fans has played a part in the nervous nature of the performances during a miserable time for the Stamford Bridge club.
It’s difficult to see how we are going to turn things around as no new faces have arrived at the club aside from Demba Ba and we’re lumbered with Benitez until the summer I’m afraid, so we’re just going to have to grin and bear it whilst hoping we finish in the top four. At this stage I hardly think it worthy of pursuing the Europa League as it just isn’t worth tiring out a small first team squad and Benitez has been told to forget about the cups, allegedly. We must secure our Champions League spot at all costs.