Cesar Azpilicueta has a chance to complete a unique Chelsea trophy sweep but knows all too well what losing a Club World Cup final looks like
Cesar Azpilicueta arrived at Chelsea feeling intimidated by all the club legends in the dressing room.
But now Chelsea’s oldest player could do something that even Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba failed to achieve in their illustrious careers.
Azpilicueta, 32, is looking to win the Club World Cup in addition to the Premier League title, Champions League, Europa League, European Super Cup, FA Cup and European Cup. the league.
Chelsea’s 2012 European Cup-winning side lost the Club World Cup final to Corinthians and Azpilicueta came on as a substitute after joining the club that summer, shortly after winning the champions league trophy.
Azpilicueta said: “I think everyone is trying to create their own history at the club.
“Over the years we have seen many world-class players who have tried to help increase this club’s trophy cabinet and when the time comes we want to make the most of it.
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“And now it is true that we have our own opportunity to create club history, to win a trophy that nobody has won at Chelsea and I hope we are the ones who can do it.
“It’s very difficult to be in this tournament and after 10 years you realize how difficult it is. We’ve lost [the] final then against Corinthians and maybe, I don’t know, I had a different feeling, it was my first season, we were in all competitions, maybe it looks easier than that [is].
“And then over time you realize how difficult it is, first of all just qualifying. So you have to make the most of it, starting with tomorrow’s game. Hopefully this bad experience will help.
“We are really motivated. Losing in 2012 hurt a lot. It is the only competition the club has not won. Winning it for the first time for the club is huge. It has a great meaning for everyone, for the fans. We represent Europe.
“Sometimes you can win or lose, but these type of tournaments are not the normal type of cup you play every day. Everyone is aware how difficult it is and that we cannot pass up. our luck.
Chelsea became a serial winner during the Roman Abramovich and this time they will be expected to try to lift the trophy potentially without their manager.
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Thomas Tuchel tested positive for Covid last Friday and hopes to travel to Saudi Arabia for a possible final on Saturday, but until then he is wired for sound and kept up to date by watching training videos and participating in Zoom calls.
Azpilicueta also says that as an experienced player he will instill in youngsters what an opportunity this is for the club. They face Al Hilal on Wednesday night. It’s often said that this trophy isn’t as big for European clubs but Azpilicueta disagrees.
He added: “Maybe sometimes in Europe we have a different perception of what the tournament is, but the reality is that it is very difficult to be here. We are playing against the champions from other continents. We have a huge motivation.