Blues skipper eyeing Wembley redemption

15 May 2021 20:31:38 GMTPlus11

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is aiming for FA Cup final redemption against Leicester after a nightmare in last season's defeat to Arsenal.

Thomas Tuchel's team are 8/15 to lift England FA Cup 2020/21 and 19/20 to finish the job in 90 minutes as they go in search of an eighth triumph in the competition.

Chelsea are stuck on seven following last term's shock loss in a game where the Blues, then under the tutelage of novice boss Frank Lampard, chucked away an early lead given to them by Christian Pulisic to lose 2-1 to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double.

When you have a bad feeling from last season you want to come back.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Azpilicueta had a day to forget personally as he was at fault for the Aubameyang equaliser after giving away the penalty and his day was cut short moments later due to injury.

The 31-year-old Spaniard had found himself on the periphery of the Chelsea team at the start of this campaign as Lampard preferred to give more opportunities to youngsters, but Tuchel immediately brought the skipper back into the side when he was appointed in January.

Azpilicueta has mainly been used on the right of a back three but he has also found himself as a wing-back in a strong finish to the campaign, which has seen the Blues climb into the Premier League's top four as well as reach two finals.

The first of those is against Leicester before facing Manchester City in the Champions League final and Azpilicueta is hoping last season's heartache will spur them on.

"You don't need extra motivation in the FA Cup final, but when you have a bad feeling from last season you want to come back," Azpilicueta told the Guardian.

"It was the same when we lost the final in 2017 and we came back the following year and won. I hope this year we replicate that. We want to be successful."

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