Azpilicueta happy to play against West Ham. His last league game was against Man Utd in October

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Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed he was happy to be back in action for the victory over West Ham on Monday night.

Azpilicueta has made just four starts in the Premier League this season and his last league appearance was against Manchester United in October.

“It was good to be back,” he said after the game. “I’ve been playing more in the Champions League but it’s true that in the Premier League, I haven’t been involved since Old Trafford.

“It has been a while but my job is to work hard to improve every day and, whenever the manager needs me to step up, do the best job I can. To win was important and we did well.

“When you come from two defeats, you have to recover that spirit of winning and we did that. We know we can improve our game but from the mental point of view, and how we defended all together the crossing of balls and the set-play settings, we did well altogether because they are one of the best teams in England on that.”

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