Cesar Azpilicueta’s performances have dictated that he is now a Chelsea legend.
He played a big part in Chelsea’s title wins in 2014 and 2017, and has become Spain’s number one right-back.
Azpilicueta even showed his versatilely, excelling at both right-back and centre-back.
But under Maurizio Sarri, Azpilicueta’s performances have slipped somewhat and hasn’t looked entirely comfortable.
Sarri wants his full-backs to be extremely attacking and Azpilicueta’s weaknesses have been on full display as a result.
On the other hand, Davide Zappacosta has been playing extremely well when give the opportunity.
He’s only really played in cup competitions – like the EFL Cup and the Europa League – but has done well.
Zappacosta been relatively solid defensively whilst also providing plenty of ammunition for Chelsea’s attackers.
And he played a part in all three of Chelsea’s goals against Derby this week.
For a player who expressed his desire to leave in the summer, it highlights Zappacosta’s work ethic and willingness to play for his place.
And although he’s not a manager who likes to rotate his team, Sarri might do well to hand Zappacosta a chance in the league.