Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed his admiration for Maurizio Sarri’s off-beat style of defending.
In the pre-match conference before Chelsea’s match against Cardiff last Saturday, Maurizio Sarri has revealed he has made a decision on who will be the permanent captain of his squad. “I have my idea, I have decided, but before telling you my decision I would like to speak to the players and the club,” said the Italian.
Cesar Azpilicueta believes Chelsea are ready to fight on all fronts in the new season, saying they have the necessary quality to compete in every competition they are in.
Chelsea kicked off their new Premier League season with a 3-0 victory away at Huddersfield. N’Golo Kante opened up the scoring with a simple sidefoot 34 minutes into the match before new signing Jorginho struck from the penalty spot just before the break.
The Community Shield season opener is just around the corner and Chelsea will be keen to take their chance on securing an early trophy under new manager Maurizio Sarri. The Italian coach only arrived at the club three weeks ago, yet judging from the Blues’ pre-season performances, it seems the players at his disposal have taken his footballing philosophy to heart.
The international break is finally over for another couple of months and the Chelsea players will be returning to Cobham with Tottenham Hotspur taking their focus on Sunday, a side that have not been able to beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge in 28 years.
With the international break halfway through this weekend as the Premier League pauses, a number of Chelsea players are keeping fit by representing their countries ahead of, for many, this summer’s World Cup tournament which takes place in Russia.
It certainly hasn’t been a campaign to remember for Chelsea so far, especially after they steamrolled their way to the league title last term. However, with them currently occupying fourth place in the Premier League, it’s not all bad for the Blues with the strong possibility of Champions League qualification for next season.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals draw was made last week at the Kremlin in Moscow, the main host city for the tournament next summer. The event saw all 32 teams placed into eight different groups. As one of Europe’s biggest sides, Chelsea will have a strong contingent of players on show in Russia. Blues players could feature in up to nine of the nations that will be competing next year and today, we take a look at them.