Cesar Azpilicueta opens up on nasty injury and referee decisions in FA Cup final loss

Cesar Azpilicueta insists Chelsea need to look at themselves despite being on the wrong end of several controversial refereeing decisions in yesterday’s FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal.

The Blues were beaten 2-1 by their London rivals at Wembley, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace handing Mikel Arteta his first trophy as a manager after Christian Pulisic had opened the scoring early on.

Referee Anthony Taylor has come under fire for a number of contentious calls, nonetheless, which first saw him allow Aubameyang to equalise from the penalty spot when Azpilicueta was deemed to have brought the striker down inside the box.

Cesar Azpilicueta insists Chelsea need to look at themselves despite being on the wrong end of some controversial refereeing decisions in yesterday’s FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal
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And after sending Chelsea midfielder Matteo Kovacic off for a questionable second booking, he then chose not to give Emiliano Martinez similar marching orders despite replays appearing to show the Arsenal goalkeeper handling the ball outside of his area.

Taylor was in charge of the last FA Cup final meeting between Arsenal and Chelsea in 2017, where he also provided controversy by sending Blues star Victor Moses off for diving.

Anthony Taylor made a number of contentious calls, including Blues midfielder Matteo Kovacic’s red card
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But Azpilicueta has called on his team-mates to look further than refereeing decisions after what proved a disappointing defeat.

“A lot of times there were 50/50s [that went in Arsenal’s favour] and we had the same in 2017 but we have to look further than this,” the Chelsea captain told their official website.

“We have to look at ourselves. We know two weeks ago when we played against Man United, we really controlled it.

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