Azpilicueta: “Filipe Luis has improved Chelsea”

Azpilicueta: “Filipe Luis has improved Chelsea”

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Filipe Luis has made 24 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season

Cesar Azpilicueta believes that Filipe Luis has improved the Chelsea side, despite spending most of the time on the bench.

The Spaniard rivals his Brazilian counterpart Luis for a place in the starting XI, constantly battling to secure a regular place in Jose Mourinho’s side.

However the 25-year old, who moved to Chelsea from Marseille in 2012 for £6.6 million was quick to praise his teammate Luis. He said:

“If you ask every player in every team, they are going to say they want to play and when you do not play, obviously you are not as happy as when you do play.This is football, everyone wants to play and fight and after, I think the team is better and this is the most important thing.”

“When I watch a game, I am more focused on the players playing in my position because sometimes you see that I can do better and I try to learn.”

Luis moved to South London from Atheltico Madrid last summer for £13.2 million, but has struggled to cement a place in the Blues’ starting XI. In the Premier League, he has made only 12 appearances – Azpilicueta has made 23. This has led to rumours that the Brazilian could leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, but the 29-year old has since moved to quash this speculation.