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Cesar Azpilicueta | Defensemen

Team: Chelsea
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/28/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 154

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Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new deal with Chelsea that will keep him in London for another five years.
The defender took over Ashley Cole's left-back job last year and has been a regular at the position despite being a natural right-back. The club brought in Felipe Luis, who could eat into some of Azpilicueta's minutes, but we expect Azpi to be the main option in important matches. That could cause a drop in playing time in the Premier League when the Champions League matches role around. Azpilicueta is a great fantasy choice as he provides both attacking points and a high chance of clean sheets but we recommend for you to have a quality backup available when featuring the Spanish defender. Sep 11 - 1:38 AM
Source: BBC


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Chelsea's starting lineup is far from certain with one of the biggest questions left at left-back and right-back.

With the acquisition of Felipe Luis, the logical step would be to move Cesar Azpilicueta to his more natural right-back spot. That's easier said than done when that position has been steadily occupied by Branislav Ivanovic for a few years. It's unknown who will be left on the bench, but with the uncertainty, we recommend you avoid Chelsea's wing backs. The center-back position is more certain where Gary Cahill and John Terry are expected to start. There is also a huge uncertainty at the goalkeeper position, which you can read about at the link below.

Spain XI: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Javi Martínez, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta; Pedro, Diego Costa, Silva

There was thought that a massive overhaul of the XI would be made after Spain's crushing defeat to the Dutch, but only a couple of changes here. Premier leaguers David Silva and Azpilicueta retain their starting roles. Newest Blue Cesc Fabregas begins on the bench again along with Fernando Torres and Juan Mata. David De Gea is unavailable due to a hip injury.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Fernando Torres have urged Chelsea to sign Cesc Fabregas amidst rumors of the midfielder leaving Barcelona.

Fabregas would be a fantastic addition to Chelsea and rumors are growing stronger and stronger that he'll be joining the club this summer. Jose Mourinho confirmed he's interested in the midfielder while Torres and Azpilicueta are saying great things about him in the papers. Fabregas would be a replacement for the recently departed Frank Lampard. He will likely partner Nemanja Matic in midfield and play as a box-to-box midfielder.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 7 - 11:53 AM

Jose Mourinho stated in his post match press conference that his priority is the UEFA Champions League, implying he might not field his best squad against Liverpool this weekend.

This could be Mourinho's way of saying he will field a B-quality squad against Liverpool or it could just be mind games in an attempt to gain an advantage against his rivals this Sunday. Either way, we are not optimistic about Chelsea's chances in this game. Half the squad is injured and they are playing at Anfield against the best club in the Premier League at the moment. With that being said, it's also important to note that Mourinho likes to play a defensive style of football, so Liverpool might not score as many as they usually do. It will generally be wise to avoid this match for fantasy purposes, with the exception of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard.
Apr 22 - 6:01 PM

Jose Mourinho has said Cesar Azpilicueta is fit and will start Monday's game against Arsenal along with Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry.

That leaves one of Gary Cahill or David Luiz to start in the back while the other joins Ashley Cole on the bench. Chelsea have a very low chance of getting a clean sheet so we would not recommend any defender not named John Terry for your fantasy squad. Terry has shown he can get points without a clean sheet and he somehow always finds the net in big games like these.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 02:42:00 PM

Cesar Azpilicueta was a full participant at Thursday's practice after coming off the pitch Tuesday with a lower leg injury in the match against Sunderland.

Azpilicueta's leg injury is obviously not serious as he is already back. He looked healthy in practice today and seems to be on track to play Monday. Azpilicueta has recently taken over Ashley Cole's spot at left back and has a hold on the position for now. He is not a good fantasy option against Arsenal but will be a better play starting next week.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:17:00 PM

Cesar Azpilicueta will be more than happy to remain on the left flank for the rest of the season if he can keep the starting spot away from Ashley Cole.

Despite the effort, It seems Azpilicueta's last two starts at left-back were a temporary move and Mourinho has made comments about Ashley Cole needing to "fight hard" because the "position is there waiting for him". Avoid Ashley Cole for now, but it seems like the England international should win his position back sooner rather than later.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 12:32:00 PM

Right-back Cesar Azpilicueta played on the left yesterday as Chelsea kept a Champions League clean sheet against Schalke.

Fernando Torres left with the plaudits after his brace, but for fantasy managers it was interesting that Azpilicueta was prefered over Ryan Bertrand, who deputized for Ashley Cole at the weekend. There isn't much value in either player this weekend against Manchester City, but it will be a situation to follow if Ashley Cole continues to be out for any length of time.
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 02:44:00 PM

Barcelona could try to sign Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta during the January transfer window.

Azpilicueta has lost his position at the club as Jose Mourinho has played Branislav Ivanovic at right back. Azpilicueta has played only one game so far this season and it doesn't look like he'll be earning much playing time. Barcelona are rumored to be interested in him as a backup for aging Dani Alves, and if they make a bid, Mourinho shouldn't hesitate to sell. Azpilicueta would be a good fit at Barcelona and the move could make all sides happy.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 06:15:00 PM

Cesar Azpilicueta, who was an unused substitute for Spain in Ecuador in mid-week, is likely to miss out on Chelsea's season opener against Hull City.

Azpilicueta's absence along with David Luiz's doubt likely means that Branislav Ivanovic will slot in at right back with Gary Cahill and John Terry in the middle and Ashley Cole in his usual spot on the left. This situation makes Ivanovic a great fantasy play for Chelsea's double week.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 08:46:00 PM