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 embarrassing 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: ‘It’s difficult to find the words to describe my feeling after the game. It is one of the worst nights in my career. Very frustrating.
‘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.’
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 rock- bottom 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.
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.
‘When we beat them at Stamford Bridge [in December] it was because we played a very good game all together. This time it was not the case. To lose like this is very disappointing.’