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Azpilicueta eager to lead from the front

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Chelsea are in a period of transition and Cesar Azpilicueta has already given the indication that he is going to uphold the club’s values.

When he first signed for the club, Cesar Azpilicueta was only 22 and had only a few years of experience of playing top level football. Now, at the age of 29, the Spain international is one of the veterans of a team that has always seemed to be in transition.

While the club’s managers have come and gone, Azpilicueta has been one constant who has always been every manager’s favourite. His sheer work ethic and commitment make him an asset to whoever is gives the reins at Stamford Bridge.

And with Frank Lampard back at the club as its latest manager, a lot of onus would be on the senior players to help the manager get the best out of the squad he has at his disposal.

Azpilicueta is one of those players. While speaking to The Telegraph, the former Osasuna man said that everyone needs to take responsibility for the club and work hard to improve.

“He was here for a very long and very successful period, and I can only speak the way I was with him as a player and to feel the shirt was to go every day in Cobham to be better, to train hard, to behave well on and off the pitch.

“Obviously, sometimes we lost games but always we wanted to win more and more. We have to be grateful and feel the passion for the shirt. This is a big, big club. We have to take responsibility and know that there is a lot of things around us and we have to work hard to get it better.”

And while the two played together for two years, Azpilicueta says that it wasn’t difficult for him to start calling his former teammate “boss”.

“Yes, of course he used to be Lamps,” said Azpilicueta. “Now he is the boss, the manager.

“I shared two years with him in the dressing room and I enjoyed the time to have him as a team-mate.The way he showed in every training session, the way he wanted to break every record, the way he wanted to improve in every single session, to improve his finishing, the way he was playing was something really special to be by his side. Now it’s another time – he is the manager and, everyone, we will try to be with him because we are one and want to win.”