Cesar Azpilicueta believes he’s improving at Chelsea under the guidance of Rafa Benitez, and has paid tribute to the role of John Terry in his development at Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old has been rewarded for his form in the Premier League, with Spain boss Vicente del Bosque calling the former Osasuna starlet into his international squad for the friendly against Uruguay this week.
Azpilicueta initially struggled for first team chances with the Blues after arriving from Marseille in the summer, but after recently becoming a regular in west London under his new manager, the player believes he’s ‘growing’ as a footballer.
"I am playing regularly, which is what every footballer wants, and I am growing as a player. At my club, an organised team is very important, and that I participate and support in attack. I am comfortable doing that,” he told El Pais.
“[Benitez and I] have a good relationship, he asks for different things than other coaches. Each one has their own system and way of playing."
On his defensive colleagues, Azpilicueta compared Terry and Brazilian international David Luiz, revealing one is ‘scary’ and the other a joker.
"Terry is a bit scary at first. His temper on the field can be frightening, but he is a very good guy. He helps the new players a lot and on the field he gives me advice, corrects me. He is a leader. I respect him a lot,” added the full-back.
“With David Luiz there are more jokes, he is more fun."
After switching from Ligue 1 to the Premier League, Azpilicueta admits things are very different in England compared to France.
However, the player is adapting to the demanding lifestyle, and learning to cope with the continuous attacking threat against teams who are happy to ‘go to war’.
"[In the Premier League] they come at you from everywhere. The players are very strong, they go to war. But I like it. It is really intense. Very demanding, I like that," he concluded.