I CAN PLAY ANY POSITION, AZPILICUETA REVEALS

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Cesar Azpilicueta signed for Chelsea from Marseille in 2012, and in the past five years at the club, he has played as a right-back, a left-back, a centre-back and as a wing-back.

The Chelsea defender in an interview with Chelsea magazine revealed that he has always been able to adapt all through his career.

“Throughout my career, I’ve always been able to adapt to new positions and I think that made me better as a player,” he tells the Chelsea magazine. “It’s crazy how football changes. I made my debut more than 10 years ago as a right-winger for Osasuna and to now be playing as a right centre-back shows you how much can change.

“I’ve taken on every challenge in order to improve myself. Whenever a manager has asked me to change, I’ve always tried to adapt quickly, to learn, and then to become a better footballer.

“When the manager signed here I knew he liked to play with three at the back and I thought I could play in the back three,” he adds.

“I was sure I could make it work, he gave me confidence, we trained hard to learn all the right movements and obviously it was a big change for me. I was more central and you maybe play more with the ball because we build from the back. I’m in possession more and there are no overlaps and not a lot of crosses from the wing but it’s a role I’m enjoying.”

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