A long-standing defender for the Chelsea football team, Azpilicueta has so far played in over 470 competitive matches in ten seasons for the London club. As one of their top ten appearance makers, we take a look at some of the top quotes on Cesar Azpilicueta.
As captain of the team when the side won the Europa League and the Champions League, he has also been victorious with two Premier League, one FA Cup, and another Europa League title.
Competing mainly as a centre-back or right-back, Azpilicueta made 99 league appearances for Spanish side Osasuna, before enjoying three trophy triumphs with French team Marseille.
Having signed for Chelsea FC in 2012 for around £7 million, he was soon a favourite among the fans and was given the nickname ‘Dave’ due to his long and difficult to pronounce surname.
In his long tenure with the club, there have been nine trophies picked up in seven different competitions, making him the only Chelsea footballer in history to win each separate major competition whilst with the club.
With over 60 caps at international youth level, Azpilicueta won the European Under-19 and Under-21 tournaments with the Spain national team, whilst he has twice been the runner-up in the Confederations Cup and the Nations League with the senior Spanish side.
Now aged 32, he is still with Chelsea FC as of the end of the recent 2021/22 season, which saw the side finish third in the Premiership, and pick up two international trophies.
“…..if you are a legend, which he is, you deserve…..He deserves it…..I listen to my captain. He has been at this club for more than a decade so he has this right…..What he has done is outstanding. He has won every single trophy with this club. He was not the captain before but he has this mentality.”
Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea manager)
“…..it was a good piece of business for us, for Chelsea. ‘Azpi’ is a really good player. Now, I think, his valuation is very high. He’s an important player who can play in different roles, so it was a good affair for the club.”
Antonio Conte (Chelsea manager)
“Cesar is one of our longest-serving players and has proven to be a fantastic acquisition over the past six years…..His professionalism and consistency in that time have been second to none and he has also developed into one of the squad’s most influential players.”
Marina Granovskaia (Chelsea FC director)
“He is a strong running right-back who has pace as well, so I think he is already a complete player.”
Juan Mata (fellow Spanish player)
“Azpilicueta is the kind of player I like a lot. I think a team with 11 Azpilicuetas would probably win the competition (Champions League) because football is not just about pure talent.”
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea manager)
“He is a helper. A true helper on the pitch, Everybody loves to play next to him on the pitch because you can be sure that he does everything to make the team look good. He does not care if he looks good.”
“He has a lot of energy, defends well and is always willing to attack. We have a lot of hope for him.”
“He is one of those players who never disappoints you. He works hard, he does everything…..He is an honest player on the pitch, and off the pitch he works hard. You know you can rely on him in any situation. That is the key to his success…..No matter which manager was in charge, they all knew they could count on him, his attitude, and his qualities.”
“There are a number of players who have the qualities to be captain, he is one of them. He is a player who tries to unite, tries to help others…..He’s a spectacular player, a super-professional who certainly deserves to be where he is. Azpilicueta has tremendous qualities.”
Thiago Silva (Chelsea team-mate)
“He’s always important…..But he’s super important, he was super important from day one…..He gets better with every game he plays, he’s an example, a leader by doing and leading by example. Which is always super…..has had an incredible career at one club, which is outstanding.”
“He’s impressed me a lot with his commitment, his work-rate, his ability to play also in different roles. He’s a good professional and I’m pleased for him…..A really good player…..”
“Azpi has now won everything, and that is an amazing achievement. All the credit goes to him.”