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Despite being captain, Cesar Azpilicueta found game-time limited under former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, as the club legend preferred Reece James at right-back.
Azpilicueta has admitted it hurts being a substitute as he always wants to play.
“It becomes more complicated when one is used to playing,” Azpilicueta told Mundo Deportivo.
“It was not a scenario, much less desired, but I respected the coach and tried to help from the outside. I stayed calm and prepared to enter when necessary.
“You always want to play and it hurts to be a substitute, but as captain I put the collective interest first because I don’t consider myself a selfish footballer.”