Cesar Azpilicueta issues Chelsea rallying cry ahead of Everton clash
Cesar Azpilicueta is relishing competition for places at Chelsea
Chelsea have no intention of squandering their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League, Cesar Azpilicueta has warned their title rivals.
The Blues extended their advantage thanks to a 2-1 win at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon, whilst Manchester City could only draw 1-1 with relegation-threatened Hull City.
Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs and there is always going to be competition for places
Jose Mourinho’s men welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, looking to replicate their swashbuckling 6-3 victory at Goodison Park earlier in the season.
Azpilicueta insisted Chelsea aren’t getting carried away with their commanding lead, refusing to look beyond Wednesday night’s fixture.
“We are just focused on the next game,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea’s website.
“We had a good result against Aston Villa and now we have to build on that. We are top of the table, we want to stay there and our aim is to win every game we play.
“We know Everton are a very good team, they defend well and have some great attacking players. It’s going to be tough but all we can do is try to play our own game from the first whistle.”
The Spain international added that he is relishing the competition for places at Chelsea, particularly as he competes with summer signing Filipe Luis for a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up.
“Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs and there is always going to be competition for places,” Azpilicueta added.
“Last year I was competing with Ashley Cole, who was a top English defender with over 100 caps for the national team, so it was a big challenge for me and I learnt a lot.
“This season, with Filipe Luis, it’s the same. He’s a top full-back and a Brazilian international. I like the competition because it brings you to another level, and it’s down to each player to impress the manager and make it difficult for him.”
Chelsea have won 10 of their 11 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, and only Manchester City have left west London with a point.