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Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has had an injury free career at Chelsea so far, which is so hard to imagine for a modern day footballer.
In previous seasons, we have seen Azpilicueta average up to 34 games per season in the Premier League alone. Little wonder, he has already made 400 Chelsea appearances, despite having only signed up for the club in 2012, and the bulk of his first season was spent on the bench.
Dave as he is fondly called by the Chelsea faithful, didn’t leave his fitness to fate alone. He revealed how he suffered a bad injury at Marseille before joining Chelsea and had to apply some changes to his routine.
Explaining some of the possible reasons behind his fitness and ability to stay injury free, he told the official Chelsea website: “Well, I was never injured until I did my anterior cruciate ligament at Marseille. It was hard because I had recently signed for Marseille, I had a tough start and then when I was playing better and the team was doing better, I got the injury.
“Until then, everything in my career had been fine, but at that moment I realised I had a challenge ahead of me I had to overcome. Every day I was going to the hospital and doing eight or nine hours of rehabilitation on my knee. I had good physios and medical staff at Marseille and everything went well, luckily.
“It was in that period I learned about the culture of working before or later, and the discipline you needed to invest in your body. I did stretching at home; ice baths every day. I knew my body had changed. My knee was different. So I took that routine forward, stretching, yoga, and training hard every day like it is a game. I have been lucky to be available for most of the time.”