Since the new year, Chelsea’s defence has been pretty poor with full-back a particular area of concern.
Marcos Alonso has been atrocious with his abysmal Everton display the latest of his terrible showings this term, while Cesar Azpilicueta looks to be on a rapid decline.
Still, the latter has been a great servant for the club since joining from Marseille back in 2012.
All things considered, at the initial £6.5m (BBC Sport) Chelsea paid for him, the Spaniard was an absolute steal.
Not only did he play a huge part in two different Premier League title wins, but he did so playing in two different positions.
Under Jose Mourinho in the Blues’ 2014/15 triumph, Azpilicueta, a natural right-back, excelled as a left-back as his side went on to claim their fourth Premier League crown.
Two years later, Azpilicueta was again a Premier League winner, but this time as a central defender with Antonio Conte using the 29-year-old on the right side of his three-man defence to devastating effect.
There, the Spain international’s exceptional 1v1 defending was once again present for everyone to see, the sort of 1v1 defending his game has probably been lacking this term.
Nevertheless, Azpilicueta has still been an incredible acquisition for Chelsea, helping them to win multiple honours during his time at Stamford Bridge.
His defending in general is the example for full-backs like his Spanish team-mate Alonso who simply gets beaten too easily.
Down the years, especially of late, Chelsea have made some terrible signings. But Azpilicueta is certainly not one of them.
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