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Cesar Azpilicueta refuses to blame the referee after Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal 

‘We have to look at ourselves – we dropped our level’: Cesar Azpilicueta refuses to blame the referee after Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat by rivals Arsenal at Wembley

  • Cesar Azpilicueta refused to blame the referee for Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat 
  • The Blues captain gave a penalty away while Mateo Kovacic was harshly sent off 
  • He admitted that his side dropped their level as they were beaten by Arsenal 
  • The Spaniard was forced off with a hamstring injury just before half-time  

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta refused to blame referee Anthony Taylor for his side’s FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal.

The official harshly gave Mateo Kovacic a second yellow card in the 73rd minute and left the Blues with an uphill task of overturning a 2-1 deficit with just over 15 minutes remaining.

Christian Pulisic had given Frank Lampard‘s side an early lead but Azpilicueta conceded a penalty after dragging back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The striker converted the spot-kick before scoring the winner mid-way through the second half.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta refused to…