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Good news for Chelsea players who are with their national teams during this international break.

Blues’ winger Willian replaced Douglas Costa early in the second half in Brazil‘s win 5-0 vs El Salvador. Willian himself almost scored few minutes after coming on the pitch.

Chelsea’s defender Cesar Azpilicueta played the last 15 minutes in Spain‘s large win (6-0) over Croatia in the Nations League. Chelsea and Croatian midfielder Kovacic played the whole game while Marcos Alonso and striker Alvaro Morata sit on the bench for the entire 90 minutes.

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Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso featured for Spain in their away victory at Wembley last time out.

Goals from Saul and Rodrigo were crucial as Luis Enrique‘s men came from behind to respond to Marcus Rashford’s early opener. Alonso was replaced in the second half as Thiago Alcantara replaced the Chelsea starlet.

Also Blues’ defender Cesar Azpilicueta showed on Twitter his support towards Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, who suffered a brutal head injury during the game. Azpilicueta was an unused sub in the game.

 

 

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has said that the Blues must still look to improve their attacking playing style.

The Blues have also netted eight goals in this first part of the season, but Azpilicueta has insisted that the team are still capable of performing better in attack, something also the fans expect under Maurizio Sarri, known for his attractive football style:

“Creating more chances from open play is something we will work on, I’m sure,” the Spaniard told the club official website.

“We want to control the game and have the ball, and we want to be dangerous in front of the goal. As a team we know we can improve and we will work on that.”

Chelsea will host fellow unbeaten side Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon for the fourth Premier League matchday.

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Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta featured in the Blues’ opening game of Premier League 2018/19 against Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium last evening.

The Spaniard told BBC Sport: “Our new signings were very good. They are adapting very quickly to the team and being comfortable in the the team, and we have a very good squad.”

“It’s true when we created chances we were clinical. The goal just before half-time was massive going into the second-half. It meant we could control the game and we could have scored more goals in the end. In the first-half every ball and every cross was dangerous for them.”

Azpilicueta added: “We have been working really hard with him. He knows what he wants and our target was to start really well which we have done and now we must get ready for Arsenal.”

Chelsea will take on Arsenal next Saturday as Maurizio Sarri faces his first official game at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta made his debut in the Blues’ pre-season in the friendly game vs Inter Milan played on Saturday.

The Spanish player scored the last penalty and gave Chelsea the win: “We ended with a draw so obviously it was important to win the penalty shoot-out and we did it so we are happy,’” Azpilicueta told Chelsea official website. “We are improving and we have to keep learning in the games that we have on Wednesday (against Arsenal) and then on Sunday against Manchester City. We have to keep working hard.”

Azpilicueta played the second-half at right-back: In the national team I sometimes play there and it’s a position I’ve played in for most of my career, maybe not so much with Chelsea because I’ve played more on the left or at centre-back, but as I’ve always said, I try to adapt,” Azpilicueta explained. “I know that every time I play in a different position I want to improve and to prove myself, but the most important thing is to give everything for the team.”

Then Azpilicueta revealed to the club official website his first impressions on the new “Sarri era” at Stamford Bridge: “It’s been really good since the first day,” he said. “We’ve been learning his methods and I think the team looks better with every minute. We know we can still improve, we have room for improvement and we want to work on that aspect. We know we don’t have a lot of time to prepare for it [the new season] so we have to work hard in every training session and in every game to pick up the movements we want to do. I think we saw a good team against Inter Milan and we have to play collectively to get the results.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta, who came off the bench to replace Davide Zappacosta at half-time, scored a decisive penalty which ensured Chelsea‘s win over Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup opener for the Blues last night.

The Spaniard told the club’s official television: “We ended with a draw, so obviously it was important to win the penalty shoot-out and we did it so we are happy.

We are improving and we have to keep learning in the games that we have on Wednesday against Arsenal and then on Sunday against Manchester City. We have to keep working hard”.

Azpilicueta believes Sarri’s era “has been really good since the first day” so far. He said: “We’ve been learning his methods and I think the team looks better with every minute. We know we can still improve, we have room for improvement and we want to work on that aspect”.

“We know we don’t have a lot of time to prepare for it the new season, we have to work hard in every training session and in every game to pick up the movements we want to do. I think we saw a good team tonight and we have to play collectively to get the results”.

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Defender Cesar Azpiliceuta, who also wore the the Blues’ armband in the last two years at Stamford Bridge, bid a heartfelt farewell to Antonio Conte a few minutes ago.

Chelsea have officially parted company with the Italian manager earlier this morning.

The Spaniard wrote on his official account: “Thank you mister for the trophies we have won together and your confidence in the last 2 seasons. I wish you all the best in the future. Grazie Antonio”. 

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Spain have still never beaten World Cup hosts since 1934’s defeat to Italy. Brazil had the upper hand Spain in 1950, as well as South Korea in 2002 and Russia last time out.

Sergej Ignashevich‘s own goal put Spain in front before Artem Dzyuba leveled the score just before the break. Gerard Piqué hit the ball with his hand inside the box and the Russian striker sent David De Gea the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Then Igor Akinfeev became the hero following some great saves in the extra-time as well as during the shootouts, when both Koke and Iago Aspas missed their penalties.

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta did not came off the bench. Spain head-coach Fernando Hierro was allowed to make an extra sub in the extra-time but he brought on Rodrigo Moreno Machado for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio.

 

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta did not feature in the opener against Portugal in the World Cup 2018 tonight.

Spain faced EURO 2016’s champions in the opener of the competition and conceded an early opener as Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to goal after just 4′ in the first half.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa got the better of the Portugal defence to level the scores, before Ronaldo grabbed his first brace in a World Cup and put his squad in front again.

However, Costa scored the second brace of the game and secured Spain a double comeback, then Nacho’s brilliant effort put ahead Fernando Hierro’s men with less than 30′ left to go.

Cristiano Ronaldo could not have wished for a better ending as he scored again with a brilliant free-kick.

Spain will face Iran on 20th of June in their race alongside with Portugal and Morocco to book a place for the knock-out phase.

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Next season Chelsea will not take part in the Champions League and this fact could affect the chance of the Blues of signing top players during the next summer transfer window.

However, defender Cesar Azpilicueta is not worried about this issue: “Of course big players will still want to come to Chelsea because we win lots of silverware,” the Spaniard told the Evening Standard. “I have no doubt that the club will get a squad that can compete to win for trophies. I am sure that will happen.”

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