But manager Frank Lampard - in conjunction with Azpilicueta - took full advantage of the mid-half drinks break to urge one final effort from his team.
In a video clip from BT Sport, who turned their pitchside microphones up fully in the absence of crowd noise, Lampard can be seen striding purposefully from the dug-out.
As his players take on some much-needed liquid on a stiflingly hot night in London, Lampard tries to restore confidence with a quick pep talk.
He says: "Come on lads, come on. Same story, same story, get confident in ourselves."
Azpilicueta then intervenes, telling his team-mates: "If we have to play long, we play long. Then we go second balls. We get confidence from there."
This is brilliant...
While we all miss fans in our stadiums, these games give us a chance to hear what we normally wouldn't between top-level players and managers #ListenIn puts you on the Stamford Bridge touchline for Chelsea vs Man City pic.twitter.com/pGUA7gHOow — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 26, 2020