Cesar Azpilicueta: 'Nobody is guaranteed a place'

Cesar Azpilicueta: 'Nobody is guaranteed a place'”

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta wants to beat his 74-match record of starting consecutive Premier League games after Antonio Conte brought an end to his remarkable run.

Chelsea next play at West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, seeking to continue their run of six wins and a draw in the top flight since the mid-October loss at Crystal Palace.

"It hurts because of how wonderful football can be", the Coach said after the game. You have to play a lot of games, but when you arrive at the final stage to play for quarter-finals, semi-finals the English teams have a lot of games in their legs. "But we are a team, the manager makes the best decisions for the team, and it was important we won".

If it weren't for Hazard being utterly world class, they may have kept a clean sheet.

The defending champions drew 1-1 with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night to secure a place in the Champions League last-16 draw.

As Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham did all win their respective groups, their options for the last-16 are all wide open. "There's no need to put pressure on him and he doesn't need to put pressure on himself".

"But I don’t think that Eden is at the peak of his career yet".

'I'm here for now, I'm trying to finish the year as best I can.

With the Europa League now to contend with, and Antoine Griezmann looking increasingly likely to leave, times are looking tough.

"You expect to see the very, very big teams later on". Chelsea's pressure finally brought an equaliser in the 75th minute as Hazard's shot was deflected into his own net by Savic. There was more angst to come for Chelsea in the closing minutes when Willian missed a sitter before Michy Batshuayi's stinging strike whistled wide.

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