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Willian explains why Cesar Azpilicueta will likely be ‘necessary participant’ for brand spanking new Chelsea supervisor Graham Potter

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Willian has urged Graham Potter to not write off Cesar Azpilicueta (Footage: Getty)

Willian believes Cesar Azpilicueta will likely be an much more necessary participant for Chelsea as they proceed their transition into the Todd Boehly period.

Spanish defender Azpilicueta has gained each main trophy obtainable to him throughout his 10-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

Regardless of his affect on the membership, Azpilicueta was near leaving Chelsea to affix Barcelona over the summer season.

Willian is happy his former team-mate stayed put and says the Spaniard can play a big position as Chelsea transition not solely possession teams however managers.

A Boehly-Clearlake consortium purchased Chelsea from long-time proprietor Roman Abramovich earlier within the yr, whereas former Brighton boss Graham Potter has changed Thomas Tuchel as supervisor.

Requested concerning the widespread adjustments at Chelsea, Willian advised The Athletic: ‘I couldn’t consider it when this case occurred.

‘For me, while you discuss Chelsea, you simply see Roman and Marina [Granovskaia]. It’s been tough for everybody contained in the membership.

Azpilicueta was near leaving Chelsea over the summer season (Image: Getty)

‘However that is the place Cesar Azpilicueta will assist. He’s an excellent participant, an necessary one for the membership. He’s been there for 10 years. Together with his expertise, he will help the younger gamers that play there in the mean time.

‘He is aware of what to do on this scenario. Chelsea is a giant membership, the most effective on the earth. Yearly, Chelsea are preventing for one thing, even when they modify a supervisor.

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‘They’re all the time there. Within the seven years I used to be there, I had Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard. It virtually turn out to be regular. But it surely didn’t cease us, we all the time fought for one thing.’

Willian, 34, made greater than 300 appearances for Chelsea, serving to the Blues win two league titles and the Europa League.

It stays to be seen how huge a task Willian’s former team-mate Azpilicueta has underneath new Chelsea supervisor Potter, however he did begin Potter’s first sport in cost final week.

Tuchel was sacked after Chelsea’s opening Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, however Potter’s aspect had been additionally held to a 1-1 draw by Purple Bull Salzburg.

Chelsea have did not win half of their league video games to date this season however former Blues ahead Shaun Wright-Phillips says Potter ‘can take many positives’ from his first sport in cost at Stamford Bridge.

Willian gained quite a lot of trophies at Stamford Bridge (Image: Getty)

‘Clearly, they’re on track,’ he advised BBC Radio 5 Dwell’s Soccer Each day podcast. ‘They created much more and got here near successful.

‘It’s onwards and upwards for Chelsea and for me, it’s nothing however constructive that he’s the supervisor.

‘Each sport on this competitors is tough however they know what they should do. They should go and win so they are going to have that mindset.

‘So long as they’re creating possibilities, they’ve the standard to place them away. They only should maintain taking it step-by-step.’

Chelsea solely performed one Premier League match in September, with two of their proposed video games postponed following the Queen’s dying.

The Blues mark their long-awaited return to home motion on October 1 in opposition to London rivals Crystal Palace.


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