Willian And Azpilicueta Set To Join Elite Group

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Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian are among the most senior and experienced players in the current Chelsea setup under Frank Lampard, and the duo will make their 50th European appearance for the Blues if they feature against Valencia tonight, which would see them join this impressive list of overseas players to reach the milestone for Chelsea.

Only six players have reached this milestone for Chelsea, and top of the list is Petr Cech.

Cech appeared in 105 UEFA matches during his 12 years in west London and played a key role in our 2012 Champions League.

Didier Drogba is next on the list and he played 74 times for the Blues in Europe and scored the equaliser and winning penalty in the Champions League victory over Bayern Munich in 2012.

Branislav Ivanovic featured 66 times in Europe for Chelsea and was also a key part of our Champions League winning squad.

John Mikel Obi was a steady defensive midfielder for the Blues during his decade long stay at the club and was a hero in the Chelsea midfield as the Blues won the big trophy in 2012. He made 65 European appearances.

The final two players on the list are both tied on 55, and they are the recently departed Eden Hazard and also our former Brazilian hero Ramires.

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