Chelsea FC and Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta discussed his role on the Spain World Cup squad and Jose Mourinho on AS.com’s “Cafe con La Roja” show. Azpilicueta talked about his need to prove himself and win a place in Vicente Del Bosque’s starting eleven despite consistently being a first choice player.
Azpilicueta won over Chelsea fans by consistently being the club’s best performer week in and week out. He played much of the season out of position and was recognized by his teammates who voted him as the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year. Azpilicueta also forced one of the best leftbacks of the modern era in Ashley Cole out of the lineup and possible out of the club he has been with for nearly a decade.
Cesar Azpilicueta on his role in the Spain World Cup squad:
“I’m just happy to be in the list of 23. I’ve worked hard all season for this – it was the objective for a lot of players since the start of the campaign; every player dreams of being here and seeing my name in the list with all the competition there is… I’m really happy. First choice? No. I just consider myself to be one of the 23 players in the squad and that is a feat in itself. I’m ambitious and I want to play as much as I can but there’s a lot of competition and team always come first”.
Cesar Azpilicueta on playing under Jose Mourinho, the possibility of Diego Costa coming to Chelsea, and his nickname:
“Right from the first day, when I began training under [Jose Mourinho], it was clear that he is a very different coach. He’s always shown faith in me and it’s just a shame that we couldn’t win any trophies during his first year back with us. We came close though and with a few great signings and the team maturing, hopefully we’ll win something.
Yes, definitely! Physically, Diego is very strong and the Premier League is very demanding in that aspect. I’m sure he’ll adapt – he can adapt to any situation.
It’s a bit strange really because in the song that they sing about me, they pronounce my name perfectly. I’ve got a strange surname so I can understand why people just call me Dave. It’s their way of showing me affection, there’s a series on TV too with a character who has an unpronounceable last name – and he gets called Dave too.”
Cesar Azpilicueta is quickly becoming a fan favorite at Chelsea due to his tremendous play and incredible work ethic. He is one of the Premier League’s top defenders and offers a threat coming forward as well. He will likely play his natural position for Spain but he has shown that he is capable of being deployed nearly anywhere on the field and performing well.
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