'Closing in': Petr Cech says Chelsea player is on the verge of achieving something 'unbelievable'

Petr Cech has claimed Cesar Azpilicueta is on the verge of achieving something “unbelievable” as a Chelsea player.

Azpilicueta, 32, is close to a milestone as the club’s captain.

The Spanish defender is now just one appearance away from captaining Chelsea for the 200th time.

He’s been the London club’s full-time skipper since Gary Cahill’s departure in 2019, which is a role that suits him down to the ground.

It always looks like the versatile defender is the most professional around Stamford Bridge, as well as being the leader in the dressing room that teammates can follow.

In fact, Blues attacker Christian Pulisic waxed lyrical about Azpilicueta’s influence earlier this month.

Chelsea legend Cech, who’s now the club’s technical and performance advisor, has paid tribute to Azpilicueta ahead of his individual landmark.

“I want to finish by mentioning that our captain Cesar is closing in on an unbelievable milestone. Next time he is on the team sheet he will captain Chelsea for the 200th time so we are looking forward to that,” Cech said.

He’s available and ready for selection in tonight’s Premier League away match at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

The Chelsea Chronicle has named its predicted line-up ahead of the game:

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Greatest Chelsea captains

For certain, Azpilicueta’s written his name into the club’s history books by what he’s achieved during a decade at the club, espeically as the captain.

Of course, his crowning moment was lifting the Champions League trophy in the 2020/21 season.

It would be interesting to see where people rank him alongside some of the best ever Blues captains.

John Terry, who some people view as the club’s best ever player, is the iconic figure you think of wearing the Chelsea armband.

His successor Gary Cahill didn’t do a bad job, too.

If you want to go back through the archives, Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris was a captain during the late 1960s and 1970s that’s strongly associated with the club.

Another favourite from the 1990s was bullish midfielder Dennis Wise, who lifted five trophies as club captain.

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