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Cesar Azpilicueta wore the Chelsea captain armband for most part of the last season that it’s easy to forget that he was stand-in skipper to Gary Cahill.
The Spaniard will be the main captain next season following the departure of Cahill after his contract with the club ran out at the end of last season.
Ahead of next season under new boss Frank Lampard, Azpilicueta has now vowed to use his position as captain to help bring the younger players into the team.
“Obviously in my position I will try to help the manager and the young players when they come to the first team,” said the current club captain.
“We are lucky, we have the best Academy in England. The staff have worked with a lot of young players in a successful way. My target is to help them get comfortable as soon as possible, to play as they did in the past in the Academy or on loan.
“Hopefully they can because we have some very talented players and a bright future.”
The Chelsea skipper also revealed that the players were disappointed with the defeat to Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale, as the Japanese champions defeated Chelsea in Lampard’s third pre-season game in charge of Chelsea.
“Obviously we are disappointed with the result, but we knew we were facing a tough team,” Azpilicueta said afterwards.
“For moments in the game we played well, we are improving and trying to replicate what the manager wants from us in the training sessions. They pressed us a lot and tried to play attacking football. They showed a great level.”