Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has warned Tottenham and Manchester United that the Blues will make Stamford Bridge a ‘tough place’ to go ahead of three crucial home games in a row.
Frank Lampard’s men have struggled at home so far this season, with 18 of the team’s 25 points coming from home games, the Blues have fallen to defeat against Southampton, Bournemouth and West Ham at home this campaign.
Should the Blues wish to hold onto a top four place in the Premier League their home form will have to improve, with Chelsea facing top four rivals Tottenham and Manchester United at home in their next two league fixtures before they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 at Stamford Bridge.
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However, Azpilicueta has said that improving with the fans, the players will work to make the home a fortress.
“We haven’t made Stamford Bridge as solid as we would like this year. This is the best time to recover this solidity, with three big games in a row at home where we can show we are ready and able to make Stamford Bridge a tough place to come,” he told the club’s official website.
“With the fans we have had some disappointments at home altogether. When these three opportunities come we have to take them one by one, and hopefully we can build up on this. It’s key for the success of the season.”
The full-back has also sent a warning over his goalscoring form, with the 30-year-old enjoying his best goal scoring season of his career so far.
“I have improved at my movement attacking set-plays,” he added.
“For most of my career I was not going up for attacking set-plays, but a few years ago I started, and then you improve. At training I work on my movements, getting in to the right spaces.
“I have a determination as well. To be hungry is very important, because I’m not the…