Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta eager to derail Liverpool’s title challenge again
Cesar Azpilicueta is hoping history repeats itself when Chelsea travel to Liverpool on Sunday.
The Spaniard featured in the Blues’ 2-0 win at Anfield in April 2014, which derailed the Reds’ title hopes as Manchester City clinched top spot.
Steven Gerrard’s slip gifted Demba Ba an opening goal before Willian netted a late second to end Liverpool’s 16-match unbeaten streak in a defeat that floored Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Now, Jurgen Klopp’s men lead second-placed City by two points with five matches to go – although they have played a game more.
However, they entertain a Chelsea side unbeaten in eight games at Anfield in all competitions since a 4-1 defeat in May 2012.
“It was a few years ago, but we went there and they had the party ready because they were smashing every team at Anfield,” said Azpilicueta.
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“We arrived with a very clear idea, and we produced the game we had to at that moment to beat that team that was getting very good results.
“So to beat them 2-0 was very important, an important win for the club and the fans.
“We enjoyed that day and hopefully we can replicate it on Sunday.
“It’s not about frustrating Liverpool, it’s about playing our game.
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“We know they are fighting for the title but for us every point is very important for the top four. It’s an important game.
“We know we’re going to play a very strong side, but first of all we need to keep the solidity that we’ve shown in the last games, and defend very well as a team because they are a big threat.
“And if we take our chances, I think we’ve proved ourselves already this season when we won (2-1) in the League Cup (in August).
“I think it’s a big game, and everyone’s looking forward to it.”
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