Monday, May 23

Cesar Azpilicueta backs Mason Mount to recover from FA Cup penalty shootout miss

Chelsea captain Cesar Azplicueta has said Mason Mount will have plenty of opportunities to bounce back from missing the decisive penalty in the Blues’ FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool.

The Blues and the Reds met in a rematch of February’s Carabao Cup final and once again Jurgen Klopp’s men prevailed following a shootout.

Skipper Azpilicueta was the only Chelsea player to miss during the first five attempts before Mount’s weak effort in sudden death proved costly, though the Spaniard insists they were both confident of scoring when they stepped up and that his English teammate was not to blame for the loss.

“When we arrived at the penalty shootout we tried to do the best we can. We were ready for it. Unfortunately this time it didn’t happen again,” Azpilicueta said to Chelsea’s website.

“I missed my penalty as well so it’s not Mason. We are all together here. When we make the list, we all feel confident that we want to shoot. This time it happens and I’m sure Mason will have a lot more times, he’s still a young player.

“It’s part of football. It’s true that sometimes it looks painful, but of course we are the first ones who are hurt.”

Thomas Tuchel stressed post-match that Chelsea’s season has not been a failure as they have already won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup this term, and Azpilicueta echoed that sentiment.

“We got two trophies this season, the Club World Cup and the Super Cup, which we have to appreciate as well,” he added. “But of course, when you arrive here and you lose two finals you are disappointed. Now we have two games, six points, to finish third.”

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