Cesar Azpilicueta has been an absolute giant for Chelsea down the years.
The captain is gradually losing his first team place to Reece James this season, but he still has a vital role to play in games like this – as he’s just proved.
He was getting a bit of stick for his performance in the first half from the endless moaners of the Twittersphere, but even in that cess-pit of negativity there was applause for his defending in this second period.
He used all of his experience and nous and expertise defending one on one to win the ball, then win a foul, just as the Spanish opposition came closest to opening us up.
“Azpi is still a top player man. Wow,” said one online fan. We couldn’t agree more.
You can see a selection of the reaction on social media in the Tweets embedded here:
Azpi is still a top player man. Wow.
— ً (@matsobane_d) December 2, 2020
Excellent by Azpi down the left. My captain ©️ #SEVCHE
— Ben Goals-dorf (@BenTweetsFooty) December 2, 2020
It’ll be a really sad day for me when azpi isn’t playing for this club. I hope he takes a coaching/board role here
— Tom💎 (@CFCTom_4) December 2, 2020
Azpi, being reliable as always. Captain. 👊💙
— LJ⭐⭐ (@KorChelseafan) December 2, 2020
Azpi is so good man.
— GK (@Jeff_GK) December 2, 2020
AZPI AGAIN HES TOO GOOD
— bella | COYI (@beIlacfc) December 2, 2020
Excellent defending from Azpi. Very smart to get the foul, too.
— Nico (@NicoSulky) December 2, 2020
BRILLANT defending by captain azpi, always satisfies me, mr perfect.
— Chelsea Hive (@johnnytest672) December 2, 2020
— IAN (@aaai_ian) December 2, 2020
dam that was azpi?
— rus (@sonobrain) December 2, 2020
When it comes to the little details and (sometimes naughty) little tricks, Reece James still has things to learn from Azpilicueta. It's great to watch our captain
— Christian Scheffel (@Chris_DK_CFC) December 2, 2020
Stop me if you've heard this before, Cesar Azpilicueta is a good defender#SEVCHE
— The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) December 2, 2020
Azpilicueta's recovery after being dribbled is amazing. One of the best I've seen in recent years.
— Odonkor (@habeelz) December 2, 2020
— ً (@TweetChelseaUK) December 2, 2020
Azpilicueta’s one v one defending is exceptional and always has been. Rarely gets taken on. Superb #CFC
— Ben Croft (@bmjc1996) December 2, 2020
Azpilicueta is class.
— M (@MountMason8) December 2, 2020