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Cesar Azpilicueta angers Chelsea fans after smiling and laughing in post-match interview

Cesar Azpilicueta angers Chelsea fans after smiling and laughing in post-match interview

Azpilicueta risks backlash

It has been mere weeks since Eden Hazard was criticised by Real Madrid’s fans, after being caught smiling and laughing with his former Chelsea teammates after losing to the Blues in the Champions League semi-finals.

Spanish media did not hold back in their criticism of the player.

And Chelsea have now risked the wrath of their own fan base, after releasing an interview with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, where he too is seen smiling and even chuckling, when discussing the fallout from Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat.

“It’s hard to take but in less than three days we are back and playing again, so we have to recover and go for it. Tuesday is a massive game for our Champions League qualification,” he said.

“We are in a position where everything is in our hands and now is the moment, the last week of the Premier League. We want to be in the top four and qualify for the Champions League and we have to show it on the pitch.”

The reaction

Similar to Real Madrid’s supporters, the Chelsea faithful replied to the tweet with criticisms of the Spaniard’s demeanour:

Some fans, however, were quick to come to the defence of the long-time Blues man.

Eden Hazard was forced to issue an apology via social media. Should the criticism of his behaviour continue, could we see Azpilicueta forced to do the same?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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