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Azpilicueta: Mourinho helped me get back on the Spanish national team

by Tom Conn | Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014

Chelsea defender, Cesar Azpilicueta made his triumphant return to the Spanish national team, even getting a starting nod in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Italy and the former Osasuna star credits manager Jose Mourinho for getting him back on La Roja.


In a recent interview with Spanish sports daily, Marca, Azpilicueta spoke about his label as a “versatile” defender and how Mourinho has given him the confidence to show his abilities and pave his way to Brazil.

“I am playing more on the left now, but in the last few years I have played on the right. Little by little I have been getting better on the left and now I am enjoying myself in what is a new position for me. I am lucky enough to be able to play on both sides.

“I’m delighted with the versatile tag. Mourinho thought I could do a job on the left when Ashley Cole got injured. Until then I had not played there much and I just thought about taking advantage of all the minutes I could get on the pitch and helping Chelsea. Little by little I have been getting better and I have managed to secure a spot in the team.

“Mourinho has helped me to get back into the national side, he has always helped me, even though I was not playing at the beginning he has always shown confidence in me. The work we have been doing can now be seen, I have learnt a lot with him.”

Mourinho recently stated that with “11 Azpilicuetas” he’d win the Champions League, something that struck a cord with the Spaniard and is elated with the recognition he’s receiving for his hard work.

“It made me feel proud and satisfied; it means he is happy with my work. I always try to pay back the confidence he has in me on the pitch and do my best because I know that with the players that Chelsea has it is always difficult to play.”

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