Azpilicueta on his goal, fellow scoring Spaniard and our squad depth

Forty minutes had elapsed in our game against Burnley without the Blues breaking the deadlock despite getting into some promising areas. On the back of a goalless draw with Wolves the team could have started getting nervy in front of goal, but Azpilicueta showed a cool head to fire into the roof of the net from Hudson-Odoi’s cute reverse pass.

It gave us a welcome boost with half-time approaching.

‘I saw the opportunity in front to run,’ described Azpi.

‘Callum did very well because he drove at the defenders which created the space for me. When I arrived I didn’t have much time to think, just to hit it as quick as possible.

‘Luckily it went in and it helped the team. It has been over a year that I didn’t score a goal. I am not used to it but it was good to get the win, and not just that, how we did it was important.

‘It was a very good performance. The team controlled the game totally. We moved the ball, created chances, we defended very well. We didn’t concede a shot on goal so it was a solid performance. It’s a good step.’

Joining Azpilicueta on the scoresheet was Marcos Alonso, who capped his return to the side after four months with a majestic volley that sealed the victory late on.