Cesar Azpilicueta revealed why Chelsea suffered 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in FA Cup on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.
The defender was forced off in the match, but before then he pulled downed Pierre -Emerick Aubameyang and the Gabon international striker converted from the spot.
Aubameyang made it for Arsenal before Mateo Kovacic was sent off following two debatable yellow card offences.
Azpilicueta insists Chelsea have to look beyond any refereeing decisions and forged ahead, the captain says Chelsea’s loss does not lay at the feet of Taylor, who was also in charge when the same two sides met in the final in 2017 – a game which Arsenal also won 2-1 and where Chelsea was reduced to 10 men following Victor Moses’ dismissal.
“A lot of times there were 50-50’s (that went Arsenal’s way) and we had the same in 2017 – but we have to look further than this,” Azpilicueta told chelseafc.com.
“We have to look at ourselves. We know two weeks ago when we played against Man United (in the semi-final), we really controlled it.
“It’s painful and a tough one to take. Obviously, when you lose a final, it’s always painful.
“We started the game well and scored an early goal which normally gives the confidence to build on but we didn’t capitalise on it.
“We dropped our level a little bit and we were punished.”
Chelsea will take a trip to Germany to face Bayern Munich in the second leg clash of their round Champions League, the Bavarian holds a 3-0 advantage in the first leg.