Azpilicueta admits he did not ‘enjoy’ being rested

The Chelsea defender was not featured in Conte’s team against Swansea City in England.

César Azpilicueta admits it hurt when he missed a game of his club following an incredible run of 74 full-game appearances in a row in the Premier League. The Blues’ boss surprised everyone with his decision to leave out his vice captain out of the game against the Swans, letting the Spaniard rest for the upcoming clashes with Newcastle United and Atletico Madrid.

This was Azpilicueta’s first rest in the English top-flight since 2015 and he admitted he felt proud by the accomplishment he has managed to achieve.

“Of course [it hurts]! I want to play every game,” Azpilicueta said, according to Goal. “We are a team. The manager makes the best decisions for the team, and it was important we won.

“It was a nice run. I never thought about the amount of games I played in a row, but I’m pleased because I know it’s difficult.”

When it comes to Chelsea’s next potential opponent in the Champions League, the Spaniard insisted that he is not really concerned by all the possible teams Chelsea can face in the first round of the knockout stage.

“I think after the performance [against Atleti] we deserved to win it, but we were not able to do it and now we have to be focused on the draw and who we play,” he added.

“It’s a bit of a difference but, honestly, when you go into the last 16 of the Champions League, you have to face big, big teams and we have to show our level.”