Chelsea might have won their FA Cup 4th round clash against Hull City, however, skipper Cesar Azpilicueta is not very impressed with how the youngsters managed the game, especially after taking an early lead.

Chelsea have been an exciting side to watch throughout the season and have managed to display some great attacking football under the new manager Frank Lampard, however, it’s the defence that has led us down. Chelsea have invariably conceded after taking the initial lead and have failed to ruthlessly kill the game.

Tammy Abraham was injured and thus Michy Batshuayi was given a chance by Frank Lampard made, and he didn’t disappoint.

The Belgium international scored when we were just 6 minutes into the game and broke the deadlock when his effort deflected off Hull’s Ryan Tafazolli and past Hull goalkeeper George Long.

Despite getting various chances after that, Chelsea were unable to deal the killing blow and it always looked as if Hull will be able to fight themselves into the game. It was Fikayo Tomori though who finally doubled our lead in the 64th minute when the teenager managed to get on the end of Ross Barkley’s delivery into the box.

However, Hull pulled a goal back when Kamil Grosicki’s was deflected into the net to set up a tense final 12 minutes for Chelsea FC as the Tigers pushed for an equaliser.

The Championship side registered 14 shots on goal and had eight corners as they put Frank Lampard’s side under pressure in the second half.

Speaking to BT Sport following their narrow 2-1 win against Hull, Azpilicueta said:

We have to improve our game if we want to improve as a team and go far. It is not the first game where we don’t manage the game well. We were punished.

“First half the first chance we have we score and we have chances to score more but we stopped playing our game. If we want to play against the best and fight for trophies we need to improve.

“We are a team and the season is long. We are fighting in three competitions. Our objective is to go as far as possible. It is our job to be in the best shape possible.”

Chelsea FC will face third-placed Leicester City next in the English Premier League at the King Power Stadium.

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