Frank Lampard is all praise for Cesar Azpilicueta with whom he shared the dressing during his playing days at the Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard passed the baptism of fire without dipping in the transfer market. The Blues legend promoted youth academy graduates who lived up to their promise.
However, if there is one player who the 42-year-old believes was their standard-bearer, it was none other than captain Cesaer Azpilicueta.
Lampard hailed Azpilicueta for his leadership skills which were highlighted during the course of the season. The Spaniard chipped in with four important goals and also laid down seven assists in all competitions.
The Chelsea legend admitted it is considered difficult to coach a former teammate but lauded Azpilicueta for being a manager’s dream player.
“To coach and manage a player you have played with is a very different situation, but it has been easy with Azpi because of the way he has been,” Football365 quoted Lampard.
“His level of performance and impact on the group as captain, I can’t understate it. It has been amazing.
“His performances for a huge part of the season, his attitude, his application every single day; it is an absolute standard for any young player.
“He is an epitome of the club. The unfortunate thing for us, and everyone, is that we don’t have our fans in the stadium.
“Because when you have a player like Azpi, he is the one fans look at and say ‘look at that, that’s how we feel about Chelsea Football Club’. He is that, and he is a captain for that reason.”
Chelsea take on the challenge of Arsenal in the FA Cup final and can end Lampard’s debut season with silverware.