How Cesar Azpilicueta Evolved into One of the Best Centre-Backs in the Premier League

How Cesar Azpilicueta Evolved into One of the Best Centre-Backs in the Premier League

Antonio Conte’s astute tactics and masterful style of play was one of the major reason behind Chelsea’s title-winning run last season. The meteoric rise of Victor Moses as a genuine wingback, the revelation of Eden Hazard, the ball-winning ability of Kante; all of these was duly noted and given the fair share of the limelight. However, one player slipped under the radar despite being the key to Chelsea's success was Cesar Azpilicueta. After the defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool, Conte …
Chelsea: 2017/18 - Season Preview

Chelsea: 2017/18 - Season Preview

2016/17 Premier League Champions Chelsea have had a mixed pre-season, they started with a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in Beijing and in truth tore the Gunners to shreds for the 90 minutes. The Blues then faced Bayern Munich in Singapore, and a bit like how Antonio Conte's side started the Arsenal game, Bayern came out flying and had a 3-0 led before half-time. Chelsea did manage to pull two goals back, one from Michy Batshuayi, who made it three in …
How has Azpilicueta adapted since the change to 3-4-3?

How has Azpilicueta adapted since the change to 3-4-3?

Chelsea have consolidated their position at the top of the league after making it eleven successive victories in the Premier League. After back-to-back defeats earlier in the season against Liverpool and Arsenal, Antonio Conte decided that the 4-2-3-1 formation wasn't working out. The Italian opted to move to a 3-4-3 system that he has become known for during his coaching career. There have always been doubts in England about formations containing three at the back and that caused some to …
Conte at Chelsea - What Formation Will He Play?

Conte at Chelsea - What Formation Will He Play?

Not many managers in world football get as passionate, aggressive and consumed as much as the Italy manager – and Chelsea’s new manager – Antoine Conte. Watching Conte in action against Spain particularly- a memorable game where amused onlookers saw him leaping on to the top of the dugout to celebrate victory - it has become pretty obvious that the Premier League will become a lot more intense and entertaining. In fact, Conte already looks ready to upset a few …
Snubbed from PFA Team of the Season | Fabregas, Cazorla, Aguero left out!

Snubbed from PFA Team of the Season | Fabregas, Cazorla, Aguero left out!

Who's the Best Left back? Azpilicueta v Monreal v Rose v Cresswell

Who's the Best Left back? Azpilicueta v Monreal v Rose v Cresswell

There are a number of good left backs, with many of them being English, in the Premier League. It is a position that can be ignored at times, but the likes of Leighton Baines can sometimes have a telling impact on a match. The full back used to be a player who operated purely for defensive reasons, but now they are expected to have a high work rate and be able to run up and down the pitch. They must …
Cesar Azpilicueta vs Spurs | Player Performance Analysis

Cesar Azpilicueta vs Spurs | Player Performance Analysis

On Saturday, we saw a Chelsea side, looking to go further ahead of everybody else in the league, play against a Spurs side, eager to push for a Champions League spot. Playing at Stamford Bridge, most people guessed right about the result, with Chelsea comfortably winning, adding to their impressive home record under Mourinho. The game hit the headlines for an Eto’o celebration and a Kaboul sending off, with the performances of the players overlooked, and especially one player in …
Is Cole paying for being Merry with the Arsenal?

Is Cole paying for being Merry with the Arsenal?

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has refused to criticise defender Ashley Cole for attending Arsenal's Christmas party on Monday evening, however in his pre-match press conference he made a point of explaining that the England man would remain on the bench. When asked about the incident Mourinho said "I keep my opinion to myself - it was a free day for them," I'm not a father, I'm a manager. "From the beginning Ashley's not playing." He continued: "But today is Friday, the …
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