Azpilicueta explains our defensive improvement and thanks Tuchel

Nine years at Stamford Bridge has taught him plenty, not least to expect a flurry of crucial fixtures as campaigns draw to a conclusion. That is once again the case this season as our fight continues on three fronts, with Brighton’s visit in the Premier League tonight offering us the chance to move into the top four.

‘We have games coming up every three or four days, and every game is very important,’ notes the Spaniard.

‘We have to recover the body, the head. We are obviously doing a bit less training on the pitch, but we are also doing a lot of meetings and trying to be fresh and ready.

‘It’s also important everybody in the squad is ready because we need everybody. At Chelsea we are used to being at the end of the season and fighting for every competition and playing every few days. We have to be ready for the challenge.’