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Azpilicueta: I can't find words to describe Etihad embarrassment

By Andy Hampson, | 10d
The defender was given a torrid time by Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.

Cesar Azpilicueta has branded Chelsea's 6-0 hammering at Manchester City unacceptable and apologised to supporters.

The Londoners crashed to their heaviest defeat since 1991 as the Premier League champions ran riot at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The loss saw Chelsea slip below Arsenal to sixth in the table on goals scored and raised further questions over the future of manager Maurizio Sarri.

Defender Azpilicueta, who was given a torrid time by two-goal City winger Raheem Sterling, said on the club's website, www.chelseafc.com: "It's difficult to find the words to describe my feeling after the game.

"It is one of the worst nights in my career. It's very frustrating, it's very disappointing.

"When you lose 6-0 everyone has to accept they didn't play well. The only thing I can say to the fans is sorry, because it's not acceptable, and I feel sorry for all of them."

Cesar Azpilicueta was tormented by Raheem Sterling (Martin Rickett/PA)

It was the Blues' third defeat in four Premier League games, coming after a 2-0 loss at Arsenal and a 4-0 thrashing by Bournemouth. The only relief during that period was a 5-0 victory over bottom side Huddersfield.

They were in trouble after just four minutes on Sunday as Sterling opened the scoring. Sergio Aguero then helped himself to a hat-trick and Ilkay Gundogan also got on the scoresheet before Sterling completed the rout with his second.

It could even have been worse for Chelsea as Aguero missed an early sitter and also hit the bar.

The pressure is building on Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri (Nick Potts/PA)

Azpilicueta, who conceded the penalty for Aguero's third goal, said: "We have lost big games in the first minutes and we are conceding a lot of goals. We cannot accept that.

"We knew we had one of the best teams in front of us and we knew it would be tough.

"When we won against them at Stamford Bridge it was because we played a very good game all together. This time it was not the case. To lose in this way is very disappointing."



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1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411
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5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411
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