Azpilicueta: Keep on believing

Cesar Azpilicueta says the team’s only focus right now is on ensuring we maintain our high level of form as we enter the busy Christmas period.

Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Southampton, secured courtesy of a superb Marcos Alonso free-kick, means the Blues have now won eight of our past 10 Premier League matches.

Antonio Conte’s side will continue to try to close the gap on the teams above us over the coming weeks, and Azpilicueta is pleased with the way we have been performing.

‘It’s true that what Man City are doing is unbelievable, they are breaking records,’ said the Spanish defender. ‘In the last 10 games we’ve won eight, drawn one and lost one, and we are further away than we were before those 10 games, so it’s difficult to analyse in that way. We have to look at ourselves and keep pushing.

‘Until there is no possibility to do it we have to believe, in the same way that even when were top of the table by 10 points (last season) you felt if the other teams kept winning they would keep pushing you to win your games.

‘We won the league with two games to go and we were 10 points clear of Tottenham with maybe nine or 10 games left, so we know this season we are in the other position. We just have to keep going and trying to put pressure on them.’

The games will continue to come thick and fast over the next few weeks, starting with Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Bournemouth, and Azpilicueta believes we will have a better idea of exactly where we stand once that run of fixtures comes to a conclusion.

‘We know at Christmas it’s busy, every few days you play, it’s tough and you have to get a lot of points,’ he said.

‘After this time you are in the second leg of the competition and you start to see there are less games remaining and the position you are in.’