​Chelsea defender, Cesar Azpilicueta, believes his side should have won by a bigger margin at Malmo in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday night.

Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud on either side of half-time handed Chelsea a 2-0 lead. However, a rare Mateo Kovacic error in the dying minutes of the match allowed Malmo’s Anders Christiansen to cut Chelsea’s advantage in half. 

Chelsea did well to bounce back from last Sunday’s embarrassing 6-0 defeat at Etihad, but Azpilicueta couldn’t help complaining about the lack of a clean sheet from their trip to Sweden. 

“It was a tough defeat last Sunday, but we are in the knockout stage and it’s important to start well,” Chelsea’s captain told BT Sport.

“We had chances to have a more comfortable result, but they scored and there is still a lot to play for next week. In the second half we had whole control of the game and had a lot of chances. It’s frustrating to concede a goal and not to have a better result. It’s still all to play for.”

“This tournament is very important, we are fighting for trophies and to be in the top four. We are in the EFL Cup final [against City] next week, every trophy is important.”

Chelsea are next in action at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday night. 

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