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Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta admits ‘worry’ over rising Covid-19 cases: ‘There is nothing we can do’

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  • César Azpilicueta
    César Azpilicueta
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Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed his fears after Chelsea’s Covid-19 outbreak saw four players test positive ahead of Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with Everton.

The European champions are bracing themselves for further cases, with Kai Havertz waiting for confirmation that he is the latest to test positive with coronavirus.

Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell have all tested positive, while Mateo Kovacic is completing his own period of isolation. Havertz was unwell last night and awaiting results of a PCR test to confirm his status.

Azpilicueta refused to use the uncertainty as an excuse as Chelsea dropped more points in the title race against a depleted Everton – but revealed concerns among players.

“It is different after the worry in your head,” he said. “We follow the protocol. There is nothing that we can do - just go with it.

“It is not an excuse when we step out at the stadium on the pitch. Premier League clubs try to create a safe environment for everybody.

“Of course, it is different. Of course, we are all worried because we are part of this society, we are not only football players. But at the end of the day we have to cope with it.”

Azpilicueta admitted Chelsea’s run of just three wins in their last seven league games was not good enough if they want to challenge for the title.

Jarrad Branthwaite’s equaliser after Mason Mount had fired Chelsea ahead saw Tuchel’s side lose further ground on leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.

They are now four points adrift of the reigning champions, with Azpilicueta adding: “At home we have not been good enough in terms of results. We have dropped points, we have conceded a lot of goals.

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“When you want to compete in the Premier League against these two teams, who have shown in the last couple of years how consistent they are, you cannot drop these kind of points.

“You need them to compete, so of course it is a feeling of frustration. But the same way that in October and November when we were top of the league we did not believe we had won already - it makes it more difficult, but there is still a long way [to go] and we will compete to try to get as close as possible.”

Tuchel had hoped his easing injury list could prove a catalyst over Christmas and New Year – but admits the Covid outbreak has stretched his squad to the limit.

“I’m concerned that we have too many players out,” he said. “I think today six or seven players out. This is one of the key problems in the moment.

“You know about the situation in the midfield since eight weeks and again all our strikers are out. We had this situation just four weeks ago when Romelu and Kai were both injured for weeks. So we struggle obviously with this and at the same point we always focus on the solution and on the guys we have on the pitch. We were strong enough to win the game.”

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