Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted he’s targeted becoming more a goalscoring threat in training, something that’s coming off on the pitch so far.
The Blues captain has been at Stamford Bridge since 2012 and his best previous goalscoring season was the three goals he managed in all competition during the 2017/18 campaign.
But the Spaniard already has four goals in 31 games this season to break his own personal record and has adde that to his game.
He scored two crucial goals during the club’s Champions League group stages, as well as two in the last five Premier League appearances.
It’s a real sign of how professional the 30-year-old still is now and he’s the perfect example to all the young players at Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta has shared the extra attacking work that has gone into his game on the training field.
“I have improved at my movement attacking set-plays,” Azpilicueta told the club’s official website.
“For most of my career I was not going up for attacking set-plays, but a few years ago I started, and then you improve. At training I work on my movements, getting in to the right spaces.
“I have a determination as well. To be hungry is very important, because I’m not the tallest. I’m pleased to score goals, even if it’s not my main job.”
Azpilicueta may no longer be the best one-on-one defender in the Premier League like he once was, but he’s still a real senior figure in the Chelsea group and so crucial.
The versatile ace has played right-back, centre-back and left-back during this season to be a real consistent figure in the backline.
It’s great to see him chipping in with goals, but ultimately it’s down to the forward players to make the most of countless chances they usually make in a match.