Some Chelsea fans adored what Azpilicueta did during the shoot-out vs Southampton

Chelsea supporters on social media feel even deeper in love with Cesar Azpilicueta after witnessing his reaction to the penalties against Southampton.

Thomas Tuchel’s men were taken all the way to spot-kicks by the Saints in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup round of 16 clash.

Che Adams cancelled out Kai Havertz’s header, meaning the tie had to be decided by football’s equivalent to Russian roulette.

Whilst the boys in blue made the dreaded walk from the halfway line, one man was feeling their anguish more than most.

Cesar seeing it all

Azpilicueta was captured by the club’s cameras responding to every effort from 12-yards, nervously jigging on the spot in anticipation for the attempt.

He sat in the stands instead of the substitute bench after injuring his shoulder in training ahead of the game.

The skipper celebrated like a made fan when a goal was scored and sighed in despair when a shot was saved.

A scene of raw emotion that epitomised the captain’s love and commitment to Chelsea.

Followers of the Blues must be running out of words for their dearly beloved ‘Dave’, but they managed to conjure up a few more on Twitter:

Here are their replies to Azpilicueta’s shoot-out roller coaster:

In the hat

Thankfully for Azpilicueta’s heart, Chelsea finished off the tie before sudden death reared its ugly head.

Kepa Arrizabalaga managed to save two of Southampton’s shots, leaving Reece James with the responsibility of winning the game.

With a puff of the cheeks, the defender converted past Fraser Forster and wield away in celebration.

Chelsea are now into the quarter-finals, alongside Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Liverpool, Brentford, West Ham United and Sunderland.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.