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It’s surprising to note that this will be Cesar Azpilicueta’s first season as Chelsea’s outright skipper.
The 30-year-old has worn the captain armband for a bulk of the past two seasons but was only serving as deputy to former skipper Gary Cahill.
Azpilicueta captained Chelsea to the Europa League last season and he has revealed what it felt like for him.
Cesar said in an interview with the official Chelsea website: “I knew how heavy that trophy is from 2013 when we won it. I knew I needed two hands to lift it!”
He went on: “It was big emotions when I lifted the trophy. In that moment you just enjoy it because as a captain I lost the Community Shield and the Carabao Cup final so before the Europa League final I had this inside me.
“You want to win trophies and leading the team is something special. I was the first Spanish player to do that in a team abroad. I did not even know that before but they told me that afterwards and it was a big achievement of which I am really proud. I had strong feelings because to win a trophy being captain is something special and hopefully there are many more to come.”
Azpilicueta also revealed that Cahill helped him out with the captaincy duties before he left the club.
He said: “Gary was the captain last year even if he was not very involved in the team.
“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.
“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.”