Asmir Begovic admits Chelsea players failed to match Manchester City's intensity

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic admits there are very few positives to take from his side's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho were all on target for the hosts at the Etihad Stadium, with the Blues calved open on a number of occasions in the first-half in particular.

But for some early heroics from Begovic, the scoreline could have been even worse for Jose Mourinho's men, but the Bosnian is now focused on moving forward rather than reflecting on what happened at the weekend.


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"It’s part of my job to make those saves and help the team when necessary. It’s difficult to take when you lose. It doesn’t mean a lot after. We need to start picking ourselves up and improving our performances and results," he told the official Chelsea website.

"We came to get a win or at least a point. Man City had a point to prove and they came on aggressively from the start. We didn’t match that intensity in the first half, but we responded and in the second half had some chances and were more in control of the game.

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Failure to score 

"If you don’t score it’s difficult though and unfortunately they sucker-punched us with the second goal which killed the game."

Begovic only made his Premier League debut for Chelsea on the opening day of the season, coming off the bench for Oscar after number one Thibaut Courtois was dismissed. His first job was to pick the ball out of the net as Bafetimbi Gomis tucked home the penalty in a 2-2 draw.

Courtois will continue to serve his suspension next weekend when West Bromwich Albion host the Blues, and Begovic has his sights set on picking up maximum points to get the season back on track.

"All we can do is get past this start, improve on the training ground, get our sharpness going and look to West Brom," he added.

"It’s still early so we have time to pick up the points we have lost but we need to get some results in the next couple of games to get our season going and then hopefully we can push on for the rest of the season."

After making the trip to the Hawthorns, Chelsea end the month hosting Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

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