After a string of encouraging performances but disappointing results, Chelsea finally managed to grab a win away at Norwich City.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, on an individual level, has been struggling to put up consistently good performances since last season. Perhaps age and a ridiculously high mileage on his legs for the past five years is showing on the pitch but against Norwich, Azpilicueta delivered a fine performance, notching an excellent assist when his cross found Tammy Abraham in the box for Chelsea’s opener.
Afterwards, Dave reflected on the significance of a good performance and the need to follow it up with more wins.
“It was very important because we had the feeling the performances we had, we did not get the results we deserved but we know in any case it gets more and more difficult and it was a very important game.
“We got the lead three times and the third one counted and we got the three points. I am happy with the team spirit because when you are at Chelsea you play every game to win and when you don’t get the win you get frustrated and I am happy for the team, for everyone, we have been working hard for this.
“Frank and his staff have been working very hard alongside us since the first day in July. The only thing we had in our minds was to play with high intensity, to control the games, to win the games, so obviously when you don’t get the results you have been working on and with the performances we had, we have been disappointed. But we had a lot of confidence in ourselves. We knew that all the work, it could pay off any day and this time it was the case.”
The star of the day was Tammy Abraham, who put criticism and abuse behind him with two very well taken goals, proving that Chelsea's ongoing youth revolution isn't just for show.
As one of the most experienced players on the team, Azpilicueta was delighted to see the youth make such an impact, and is hoping it's just the start of great things to come from them.
“I am very happy for him. We know that to be no.9 at Chelsea is not an easy task but Tammy is a boy who dreamt to be in the team since he was very little. He went through the Academy and had an amazing spell last season at Aston Villa.
“Since he was back for pre-season this year he has been amazing, not only his goals but his work and way to improve, always ready to listen to everyone and to get the step forward.
“I am very happy because I think these two goals will give him a lot of confidence. He is a very strong boy and I am very happy with him and hopefully he can score many more.”
-Cesar Azpilicueta; source: Chelsea FC
The youth revolution will be a topsy turvy ride but at the end, it will surely be worth it.