Cesar Azpilicueta has discussed Frank Lampard’s impact as Chelsea manager and his own role as the club’s captain having been handed the armband on a permanent basis.
The Spanish international played alongside Lampard at Chelsea after joining from Marseille in 2012, describing the club legend as a ‘winner’ and discussing his transition from Blues’ favourite to his position as the club’s new manager.
“I could see when we were sharing the dressing room, now I can see it as a manager,” he told the official club website. “His passion, his desire to win. He is a winner. I reflect that in myself, the way I come here to Cobham.
“I know the club quite well, a lot of people who are around and I really feel involved in the day-to-day club life.
“I have passion when I go to the training ground. I always like to win every single possession game or whatever in training. I want to get that into the games where I am very proud to lead the team.”
4 – Only four different outfield players in Premier League history have played every minute of a title-winning season (Gary Pallister in 1992/93, John Terry in 2014/15, Wes Morgan in 2015/16, Cesar Azpilicueta in 2016/17). Ubiquitous. pic.twitter.com/y7GjOnfpbm
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Azpilicueta was named as the club’s new permanent captain following the departure of Gary Cahill this summer, though the 30-year-old wore the armband for the majority of last season with Cahill struggling for first-team opportunities.
The full-back has revealed his pride at being named club captain and says he will continue to ‘give everything’ as he bids to be a success in the role.
“Gary was the captain last year even if he was not very involved in the team,” he added. “He was always there supporting me and helping me with the duties we had to share. Since we were named the captain and vice-captain, we always tried to work together to find the solutions,” he added.
“Last season, nearly the whole season I was the captain on the pitch and it is something where I am used to it but always you try to improve. Being nearly the third season but now as club captain, I just try to give my best because I am very proud to be the club captain and I will give everything to do it right.”