“We are fighting hard as a team for Antonio Conte” – Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta insists he and his Chelsea teammates are not letting down under-fire manager Antonio Conte.

Chelsea lost 4-1 at Watford on Monday night as pressure on Conte’s position intensified.

But Azpilicueta, after the game, declared that the players were still fighting for their manager.

Asked if he felt like the players were letting Conte down, he said: “No. I think if you see the training sessions, we all fight hard.

“We are the first to be disappointed with the way the last two games went. That’s really hard. We are getting penalised in the bad moments we are having during the game.

“It’s not a long period, but in this league, which is so tough, you get punished as soon as you drop a bit. We are here altogether. We are all disappointed with the result.

“I know that there has been speculation all the time in the five to six years I have been here. As a player, what I want is to come back to the training pitch as soon as possible, work hard and get into Monday’s game, to get the three points and our confidence back.”

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By the time Chelsea kick off at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday, they could be outside the top four — something Azpilicueta admits would be a bitter pill to swallow.

“It will be difficult if that happens because we were in a very good position — we were fighting for the second place,” he added.

“But after two defeats we have dropped. The gap [to the teams behind] is getting closer and closer.

“We have to know that on Monday we might start out of the top four but we have it in our hands to get back into it.”

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