Cesar Azpilicueta says his angry row with a Chelsea supporter following their defeat to Arsenal ‘looked worse than it was’… as he reveals he gave the same fan his captain’s armband after their victory against West Ham
Cesar Azpilicueta scored but gave away a penalty in the defeat to their rivals The Spaniard took exception to something said by the Blues fan after the game
He appeared to criticise the supporter for clapping at him sarcastically
Azpilicueta has admitted his anger but said the row looked ‘worse than it was’
The Chelsea captain saw the supporter again after their win over West Ham
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has insisted his angry row with one of his own supporters after their 4-2 defeat to Arsenal looked ‘worse than it was’.
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The Spaniard was involved in what looked to be an ugly confrontation with the fan after the final whistle in the clash last week, seeming to be annoyed over something they said.
It was a mixed game for the Spanish international who scored the Blues’ second goal to draw them level at 2-2, before conceding a stoppage-time penalty which Bukayo Saka converted.
The Spaniard appeared to be annoyed with comments after Chelsea’s 4-2 defeat last week
Speaking to Sky Sports, the 32-year-old said the incident occurred due to his anger at the events of the match and that he saw the same fan again after their 1-0 win over West Ham.
He said: ‘It looked worse than it was. It was at the end of the game and I was angry with my performance, I was angry with the result, with the penalty and everything.
‘I spotted him in the crowd but nothing to do with him, it was just an exchange of words and it looked worse than it was.
Azpilicueta has now revealed he gave the fan his armband after their victory over West Ham
The Spaniard believes the row with the supporter looked ‘worse’ than it actually was
‘We spoke clearly that he wanted more fight from the team and he was right and I just expressed my view that in this moment, everybody, we were having a moment of difficulty.
‘We were having 15 (thousand) people less in the stadium, we were in a moment of difficulty and we needed to push altogether in the same direction.
‘The other day after the (West Ham) game, I saw him again, I gave him the captain’s armband. I look at the images and it’s not really me, I was really angry.’
Initially, Azpilicueta put his arms out as the fan made gestures in his direction, seeming to imply Chelsea should have shown more fight.
Azpilicueta celebrates with supporters following their 1-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday
Despite pointing at the fan and gesturing back towards them, he appeared to walk away from the situation, before changing direction to confront the fan.
The Spaniard then appeared to berate the supporter for appearing to applaud sarcastically in his direction, with the fan then reacting by continuing the argument with the Chelsea star.
However, the fan then appeared to give in and subsequently held his hands up in apology, followed by a thumbs up to the defender.
Meanwhile, fellow Chelsea fans in the section of Stamford Bridge had gathered around the arguing pair and seemed to offer their thanks and support to Azpilicueta.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel however insisted he could see both sides of the argument, saying: ‘I was not part of it. I saw it but honestly I can also understand the fan.’