Azpilicueta confirms Chelsea defenders communicated in French against Crystal Palace, and explains why

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Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 in our last league game before the international break, and one highlight of the game was the Chelsea defence.

New goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was in goal for the first time for Chelsea, and Frank Lampard named a back four of Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma and Ben Chilwell.

Besides Chilwell, all three defenders and Mendy communicated in French, and the Blues defence seemed organised for the first time this season and they went on to keep a clean sheet without fuss.

Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva and Mendy all speak French, and Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta, has revealed how they communicated in French.

“Yes it’s true, we were communicating in French,” Cesar Azpilicueta told the official Chelsea website.

“I speak French, as does Thiago, and obviously Kurt [Zouma] does as well. It was a good way for us to talk at the back. Edu [Mendy] in goal speaks French too, so it was the best way for us.

“We try to help out as much as possible with the players that don’t speak English at the moment and it is no problem for us. Thiago also speaks the same language as Jorginho, so he can communicate with him too.

“I think language is secondary though. Football is a universal game and for people like Thiago, he’s been around the game for a long time and can lead others even without speaking the language so well.

“We want to make the adaptation as easy as possible for the new players and if we have to speak French in defence until the guys understand English, then that is fine.”

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