Simon Phillips Denies Cesar Azpilicueta’s Claim

Simon Phillips Denies Cesar Azpilicueta's Claim

Cesar Azpilicueta, a Chelsea defender, has shown a “clear” decline in the early stages of the current season.

According to journalist Simon Phillips, the 33-year-age old’s is finally catching up with him, just weeks after the club’s long-serving stalwart signed a new contract.

As a result, the journalist believes there is “no way” the Spaniard can continue to start under Graham Potter after a string of poor performances.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT,

Phillips said: “Azpilicueta, his decline is very clear to see now for all Chelsea fans, I think, abnnd there’s no way he can continue to start games, and I don’t think he will.”

Even with Azpilicueta’s club legend status, you can’t deny that the Spaniard has had a difficult start to the season, which will have been exacerbated by Chelsea’s collective fall of late.

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The defender received a 6.8 or lower Sofascore rating in each of his three games against Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, and Dinamo Zagreb. That does not necessarily mean the end of the 33-year-time old’s at Stamford Bridge, and he will almost certainly play a role for the Blues this season.

His first start under new manager Graham Potter was strong, as he completed the most passes of anyone on the night and finished as the most accurate passer of the ball, completing 87 of 94 passes for an impressive 93% accuracy (Fotmob). The 14 passes played into the final third of the field were not only conservative.

The 33-year-old may need to maintain such levels of performance if he is to play regularly under Potter, though it appears likely that the new manager will select £71m summer signing Wesley Fofana on a more regular basis, particularly if he is to stick with the rotational three-at-the-back setup that we saw so frequently at Brighton.

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