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For many years now, Cesar Azpilicueta has made the right-back position his own, but the 30-year-old skipper is now feeling threatened by the emergence of a certain Reece James, who has proven that he can as well play at the top.
The competition between Azpilicueta and Reece James will definitely be stronger this season, and the Blues youngster is showing maturity beyond his age, despite being just 20.
Reece James started the season in fine form and even scored Chelsea’s goal of the month for September, with a stunning strike against Brighton.
Azpilicueta returned to the side for the game against Crystal Palace and his performance was very good.
Azpilicueta has admitted that his competition with James is very strong and he’s now fighting for his position at the club.
“The competition with Reece is very strong,” said Azpilicueta. “As I have said before, this is Chelsea and you have to fight for your place in the team along with many other good players. This has been the same since I arrived here in 2012.
“Reece is a fantastic boy, he’s a huge talent and he has lots of quality. I’m happy to try to help him and the team wherever I can. It’s a huge challenge every day to work hard, prove yourself and fight for your place in the team. I want to play as much as possible, that is my target, but of course I want to help the team first and foremost.
“Of course, every player wants to play every single game but we have to respect the decision of the manager and just know that everyone in the squad will have their chance through the season. I didn’t start the first few Premier League games, but I came on against West Brom and then played against Crystal Palace.
“When you get your chance, you have to take it and make it difficult for the manager to leave you out. I think having that strong competition that we have here is key and is what is needed for the club to improve and develop.”