Azpiculeta focused for Chelsea challenges
By Football News
Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta says the team must maintain their high standards as the Premier League reaches its conclusion.
The Stamford Bridge outfit have already played 66 games this season and have two league fixtures and a UEFA Europa League final to contest before it ends.
And the Spaniard believes that they must not become complacent and just focus on each games as it comes.
"It is true that we play every few days, like a final, because we are fighting for every trophy," he said.
"It is not easy to keep the mentality and basically to maintain your levels. But we are professional and we will try to do our best.
"On Wednesday it is true that it is a final, but our first objective is on Saturday and I think that is the most important game at the moment."
Centre-back David Luiz believes that the fixture pile-up has boosted Chelsea as they have put together a winning run, allowing the side to focus on the task at hand.
He added: "(We have) no distractions, we just have big games and difficult games to play, no distractions. If you win you are more relaxed and you can play better in the (UEFA Europa League) final."
Chelsea travel to Villa Park to play Aston Villa on Saturday, before their Europa League final against Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday. They finish their season against Everton at Stamford Bridge on May 19.