Cesar Azpilicueta believes Chelsea have lost the respect of other teams at Stamford Bridge

Cesar Azpilicueta feels Chelsea have lost respect in recent weeks (Picture: Getty Images)

Chelsea have lost three of their last four home Premier League games and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta fears that they have lost the respect of visiting teams at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have suffered a string of poor results at home, with a 2-0 defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day the most recent.

Frank Lampard’s side have also lost to Bournemouth and West Ham in front of their own fans in recent weeks, developing serious cause for concern in west London.

Thanks to a strong start to the season, Chelsea remain fourth in the Premier League table but their position is now precarious, with Wolves just two points behind and Spurs, Sheffield United and Manchester United all within four points.

Azpilicueta is well aware that their home form must improve and appears to be at a loss as to why it has been so poor.

‘It is the reality that the last four games at home we have lost three and didn’t score goals,’ said the Spaniard. ‘It is an issue that we cannot find the consistency at home and this needs to improve for the second part of the season if we are to finish near the top.

Frank Lampard is struggling for results on home turf (Picture: Getty Images)

It’s difficult to understand because normally at home we play in a way that we can find teams a bit more defensive and where you can enjoy more time on the ball, create more chances.’

It is a puzzle that Lampard must figure out, as his team have shown they are capable on the road, winning 2-0 at Tottenham in their most recent away fixture.

‘It’s true that we have not been able to replicate the away form where we could win games in tough places,’ Azpilicueta continued. ‘Especially after coming from Sunday’s game at Tottenham where we did well, kept a clean sheet and our target was to keep that consistency and solidity.’

The Blues captain has issued a rallying cry to players and fans alike to halt this bad run at the Bridge and regain the respect of their Premier League foes.

‘It’s true that teams see we’re not winning games here. They come with more confidence,’ the full-back continued.

‘Forget tactics, we need to recover respect at home because it’s not normal to lose so many games in your stadium. When the new year starts we have to be ready from the first second. We have to win games.

‘They could see we lost to West Ham and Bournemouth so were confident. It’s up to us. When you play here it is not about the rival, it’s about yourself, about moving the ball quick, about finding the space to create chances and to give the fans a lift.

‘For all of us, from fans to the players, to get in the right mood by winning games and playing good football.’

Chelsea are back on the road on Sunday when they travel across London to take on Arsenal, with their next home league contest not until 11 January against Burnley.

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