Chelsea captain Azpilicueta ‘aiming to repeat’ 2012 CL success

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta says he is ‘aiming to repeat’ the club’s 2012 Champions League success.

The defender joined the Blues in August 2012, just three months after they won Europe’s biggest prize.

Since then he’s won two Premier League titles but has never lifted the Champions League trophy himself.

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Under the guidance of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea are aiming to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

They play Atletico Madrid tomorrow evening in what should be a fascinating match.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Azpilicueta told the PA news agency: “When I joined Chelsea in 2012 after winning the Champions League, of course my aim was to repeat that.

“It is something that sticks inside and every year when the chance comes, I want to go further. It is the biggest competition in Europe. We know it is very tough but you have to be ready for that challenge.

“Personally, it is something that is in me and hopefully we can start from tomorrow, have a good game, get a great result and see how far we can go.”

Chelsea will come up against the in-form Luis Suarez, who played for Liverpool from 2011 to 2014.

This season, he’s bagged 16 goals in 20 La Liga matches and is sure to be a threat.

Speaking about Suarez, Azpilicueta continued: “The best way to defend him is to keep him as far away from the goal as possible. That’s a collective job and as defenders we know that.

“I faced him when he was at Liverpool and with Barcelona in the Champions League. He is a great striker, we know his numbers and wherever he plays he scores a lot of goals.

“We will try to defend against him collectively, control the game and to keep the attacking players as far from our goal as possible.”

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