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:
Can this guy never leave Chelsea please 🥺?— Vidhyam (@CFCVidh) October 27, 2021
Legend.— allthingschels (@allthingschels1) October 27, 2021
Propa chels— 𝓡𝔂𝓭𝓮𝓻 (@CFCREDYR) October 27, 2021
One of us— Captain (@AbdiCsocko) October 27, 2021
Azpi deserves a statue at the bridge. Man has given 111% of himself to this club— A Good Man (@GoodManUg256) October 27, 2021
I swear we can’t let this guy leave. He’s a living legend— Mohaze (@FtblMohz) October 28, 2021
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.