Azpilicueta reveals how he used to cover for Eden Hazard

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has by no means achieved legendary status at the club.

Having amassed 400 games since signing for Chelsea in 2012, Dave as he’s fondly called has been a loyal servant over the years.

The 31-year-old has played as a left-back, right-back and centre-back for Chelsea, despite being a natural right-back.

Azpilicueta has rolled back the time to Chelsea’s title winning season under Jose Mourinho where he had to play as left-back and cover the track of Eden Hazard who wasn’t too interested in doing the defensive work.

In a recent interview with the official Chelsea website, Azpilicueta was asked: When during your Chelsea career have you played it most defensively, and when most offensively?

He responded: “It depends. For example, when I played under Jose Mourinho at left-back, I knew I had Eden [Hazard] playing in front of me. I had to cover him and work extra defensively.

“I had to give that security to the team so he was as fresh as possible to attack and win us games. We worked with Nemanja [Matic] to keep the balance on the left side, where we knew we could be stronger than the opposition.

“Offensively, even that season [2014/15] I had a couple of assists. The year I got the most was 2017 with Alvaro [Morata], and I was playing centre-back! It’s not just about the numbers but the solutions you can provide. I had to adapt over the years, but I always considered I could offer things at both ends.”

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