Chelsea star pledges to win second leg against Atletico and make final

Cesar Azpilicueta has praised his side’s rearguard action at the Vicente Calderon and believes his team can make the Champions League final.

Jose Mourinho fielded a defensive-minded team against Atletico Madrid in Spain on Tuesday night, with the Englishmen leaving the Vicente Calderon with the desired stalemate.

The Blues will now know that victory on home soil will see them through to the Champions League final to face Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

Cesar Azpilicueta, who slotted back into this natural right-back position due to Branislav Ivanovic’s unavailability, has spoken out about his thoughts in the aftermath of the game.

The Spanish defender stated that Chelsea were resolute and that the team were dedicated to making the final with a win in the second leg.

“It’s not a great result because it is a zero, but it is positive anyway,” he told beIN Sports.

“It was a serious game. Although they dominated, we held until the end.

“There was an early injury to Petr and John, but where there is an injury or suspension you must work harder – and that’s what we did.

“The group is strong enough to answer that. We are confident; we believe in ourselves.

“It will be a very complicated match in London and we will work hard to win and qualify.”

Chelsea face Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield, with Mourinho suggesting that he may well field a second-string side to keep his stars fresh for the rematch with Atletico.

The Blues are five points adrift of the Merseysiders with three games to play and may well believe that their best chance of silverware is the Champions League.

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