‘I don’t say every time there is a contact it should be a penalty,’ our captain went on to clarify.
‘Far from that, especially here in England where you believe in the strong physical contact unless you are far from the goal and you don’t have intention to play the ball, but especially in the Premier League, a big league with the great players we have, we have to seek improvement. We can all help together to make a better league.’
Moving on to consider the game overall, Azpilicueta highlighted a lack of good chances created as a downside of the performance in the Old Trafford rain, but there was also satisfaction in keeping consecutive clean sheets against the attacks of Europa League winners Sevilla and now Man United.
‘We were not dangerous in the final third to get more from the game,’ he said, ‘and my feeling on the pitch is that we could have done more to get three points. Edou [Mendy] made two good saves so obviously at the end it is good to get a clean sheet and to recover that defensive solidity which is important. We want more and now we have to find a balance with good defensive performances from the whole team and also have that quality because we have a big threat up front with our players.