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.