Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta is the latest Chelsea player to feature on Lifting The Lead, a feature in the official Chelsea website where players talk about some things fans don’t get to see either in the locker room or on the training ground, as well as some secrets of teammates.
Azpilicueta was asked about a couple of things, and one of them was the outfield player who could do well as a goalkeeper. Surprisingly, the Chelsea skipper was unable to point out any outfield player that’ll do well in goal. However, the Spaniard revealed that Chelsea star Eden Hazard loves to play as a defender in training, albeit a ball playing defender.
Azpilicueta said: “In goal I don’t know, but what I will say is Eden, when we play small games, he likes to be a defender – a ball-playing defender!”
On which defender will make a good striker, Azpilicueta pointed out that Marcos Alonso will do a good job as a centre-forward, and the Spaniard has panache for scoring free-kicks and also has a eye for goal with his nice finishing.
Azpilicueta said: “Marcos has good instinct in and around the box. He has scored a lot of goals and he has great ability in the last third.”
Pedro seems to be enjoying one of his best goalscoring season for Chelsea, and Azpilicueta has hailed his countryman as the best Chelsea player in training.
Cesar revealed: “Training is a very important part of our job and recently everyone has been training hard and trying to get in the best possible shape for the games.
“If I had to name one good moment then Pedro in front of goal, he makes the difference and you see when it comes to the game the way he trains, he repeats it in the game.”
Back to Hazard, Azpilicueta revealed that he has a good relationship with the Belgian, and that even their children go along together as they stay in the same neighbourhood.
Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi posed this question to Cesar: “If you had to take a team-mate to Antarctica for three days, who would it be?” Azpilicueta wasted no time to reveal that it’ll be Hazard.
He answered: “I have been here with Eden for a long time, we are neighbours and we put our kids together, so I would take him as he is a very good friend of mine.”