It’s an honour to coach this Chelsea player, Tuchel admits

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When Chelsea paid £8m to sign a relatively unknown Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille back in 2012, the club had no idea that a legend had been signed.

The Spaniard had gone on to achieve great things at the club and is indeed a model captain.

Azpilicueta has now amassed 300 Premier League appearances, which is very remarkable for a foreign player, and his performances are still incredible till this day.

The 31-year-old remains a key player for Thomas Tuchel, and the Blues boss has admitted that he feels honoured to coach him.

“What a fantastic achievement,” said Tuchel of Azpilicueta reaching 300 Premier League appearances for the Blues.

“This is fantastic and the guy totally deserves it.

“To play 300 matches at that kind of level and to win so many trophies, you deserve it. There is no luck behind it, it is all down to hard work and determination.

“It is a pure pleasure to be his coach. Azpi is so focused, honest, a sports guy and such a competitor. He is so open and focused on his best performances everyday. What you see on a match day is what I see everyday.

“He lives his role. He is maybe not the leader that you would sometimes expect from outside or in general that we as people expect leaders to be – loud and extroverted. He is not this.

“He is very emotional but he is calm, he leads by example. He is not giving speeches every day.

“When you put him in every single exercise, you know what the level is up to. The captain is in top shape, has had sleep and looks after himself.

“He is a fantastic captain, a great player and just a really good guy too.”

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