'I'm ready to adapt': Chelsea star speaks about having to play in multiple positions under Tuchel

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta said he does not mind adapting to different roles under Thomas Tuchel as long as it helps the team.

The 32-year-old has arguably been one of the most consistent performers for the Blues in the last decade.

It is not only that, however, he is also quite versatile which makes him a very valuable member of the squad.

He arrived at Stamford Bridge as a young right full-back from Marseille back in 2012.

Different roles under Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, and now Tuchel

Interestingly, during Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea, Azpilicueta mostly played on the left.

It was never easy for a right-footed player to play as a left-back since it severely limited his ability to cross, but his energy and ability to defend one-on-one certainly compensated for it.

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Then Conte introduced the 3-4-3 formation and Azpilicueta suddenly looked at home on the right of the back three.

When Tuchel arrived back in January and begun implementing a similar formation, Azpilicueta, unsurprisingly, was his first choice for the role.

However, Tuchel has also used Azpilicuta as a right wing-back — a rather unfamiliar position for the experienced defender.

The Chelsea skipper himself has now had his say on his playing different roles under Tuchel.

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“I’ve always said I’m ready to adapt whenever the manager decides that I can be more useful for the team in another role, so I enjoy it,” the Spain international told the club’s official matchday programme (via 5th Stand app).

“I’ve played a lot at right centre-back, it’s true, but I’ve also played a lot as a wing-back.

“So every time I change position, I try to get information from the manager on what he needs from me, and then I try to give that to the team.”

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