Azpilicueta' delight at 2-2 draw with England

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 16 November 2016

In the battle of the Chelsea defenders, it was a case of a score draw - 2-2 to be precise.

England's Gary Cahill will be fuming that the Three Lions let slip a 2-0 lead to Spain last night at Wembley.

But his partner-in-crime in defence for the Blues Cesar Azpilicueta will be the one smiling more when the duo return to training at Chelsea's Cobham training ground later on Wednesday.

Azpilicueta is a constant eight out of 10 man for Chelsea and his versatility at club and international level is reflected in his ability to move across the back four with ease - as if he was playing in any back four position all his life.
In the international friendly, Azpilicueta, 27, started at right back but ended up at left back.

But it's all the same for the player from Pamplona who signed for the Blues from French side Marseilles in 2012 for, at today's prices, a snip at £6.5million.
Chelsea-Mad was standing in the Mixed Zone at Wembleh, ready to pounce - Azpilicueta did not disappoint.

So how satisfying was the comeback from 2-0 to notch a deserved draw with the last kick of the game?
"Obviously we were 2-0 down," he said. "But we did not deserve that score, We worked really hard and kept trying right until the end and we got the reward that we deserved."

In terms of playing formations, Chelsea are playing with three at the back, how is that going at Chelsea - would he like to play that at international level too?
He said: "At Chelsea we have been playing with that three at the back formation in the last few games. Against England last night we started like this too. But we changed and I played left back. I think I try to improve in every position, to be able to do my job in every position, so obviously it was a special game for me. And we played as a team even when we were down in the score.

Why did he move to left back?
"Well it was the manager's choice," he said. "We knew we could change the formation. It's important that for a team that we can change formation depending on the game, and the way they were playing also.
"So it was important for us as players to change and adapt."

It looked like England while not dominate, were going to win, but then collapsed to concede two goals in the final minutes, what did the man the Chelsea fans nicknamed 'Dave' think of England?
"We knew that they were in a good run," he said.
"We know their strong points. At the end we had the control but we knew that they were dangerous on the counter attack. I think the team played with a great personality.
"We played from the back and had great chances."

And did he have a chat with his team mate Gary Cahill?
"I had a quick one. We will speak more at training later," he said.

 

 

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