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Chelsea defender and captain Cesar Azpilicueta made his 300th appearance last evening in the Blues‘ home victory against Man City at Stamford Bridge, with goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men sealed a crucial win to go 8 points behind Liverpool, who are currently leading the Premier League table with 42 points.

Azpilicueta shared his feelings via Instagram: “The best way of celebrating my 300th appearance for Chelsea! Big win at the Bridge and big TEAM performance!”

The Spaniard has put the pen to paper on a new and improved deal with the club (four-year contract) earlier on Monday.

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Sarri conference

During his pre-game press conference, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri said Wolverhampton will be a tough opponent tomorrow night for the Blues Premier League match.

I expect a very difficult match. They have technical players, they were unlucky in the last two matches, but it is not easy to play there”. the Italian explained.

Sarri also confirmed every Chelsea player is fit for tomorrow’s game: “I spoke with the doctor ten minutes ago, but we have no injuries at the moment”. Sarri said. “We have a little problem with Kovacic and Alonso in he last match, but they are ready to play. We have one more training session”.

The Blues manager also admitted Ruben Loftus-Cheek is becoming a very important player for Chelsea: “He has played in the Europa League and League Cup, some in the Premier League but not starting”. Sarri explained. “At the moment he is very important for us. He had some problems to understand what I wanted, but he is improving and in the last two matches I have been very happy with him. I want him to stay with me, with us”.

Finally, Maurizio Sarri commented on Azpilicueta‘s new contract and reflected also on Fabregas and David Luiz‘s situations: “He is important for the club, staff and team-mates. I am very happy with the contract” the Italian said about Azpilicueta, while on David Luiz and Fabregas he went on: “I spoke with the club about this one month ago. I know very well it is not easy, but I think we can do a new deal for both. They are very important players for us. It is very difficult to find a centre-back for this level and it is difficult to find a centre-midfielder technical like Fabregas, so I think they have to stay with us. The deal is very difficult for this reason (over 30), the club want a short contract and the players want a long contract, it is difficult for this reason but we can find a solution”.

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has put the pen to paper on a new and improved deal until June 2022, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning.

After signing a new four-year deal to stay put at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard told Blues’ official website: “I am really happy to extend my stay here at Chelsea”.

“Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans, and every time I go on the pitch I try do my best. Hopefully there is a lot to come and we can keep Chelsea where it belongs.”

Azpilicueta, who joined the club back in 2012 from Olympique Marseille, is now just two appearances away from reaching 300 games with Chelsea’s shirt.

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Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata both started for Spain, while Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga came off the bench in the second half to replace Man United star David De Gea on Thursday night at the Millennium Stadium.

Spain defeated Wales 4-1 with goals from defenders Marc Bartra and Sergio Ramos and a brace from Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer.

 

Wales defender and Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu was picked-up to play as a central midfielder and went close to scoring for Ryan Giggs‘ men. Then the 18-year-old limped off the pitch with a knee injury in the second half, as Chelsea’s official website confirmed.

 

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Cesar Azpilicueta, who already won two Premier League titles with Chelsea, reckons the Blues they must try to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City to win the league this season.

“We are the team that have won more titles in recent years in England,” the defender told reporters in the mixed zone postmatch.

“It is true that in the last four years, we haven’t done it well in the season after winning the title.

“But after we didn’t qualify for the Champions League [last season], it is clear that now the target is to be competitive again in the Premier League, to be as close as possible to the title and try to fight for it.”

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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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