Cesar Azpilicueta says he is hopeful that Chelsea will enjoy a silverware-laden season now that Jose Mourinho is in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho has returned for a second spell in charge in west London, and Azpilicueta believes the 'Special One' can be as successful as he was in his first spell this time round.

"The season just gone was something different because we were eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League and that doesn't usually happen," he told Marca.

"I hope that next season is very good. In the dressing room we have spoken a little about [Mourinho] and everybody is very happy with his first spell at Chelsea. We hope that the second time is also successful."

Azpilicueta arrived at Chelsea from Marseille in January last year and initially struggled to make an impact.

However he went on to make 27 Premier League appearances for the Blues, and is currently on international duty with Spain at the Confederations Cup.

The 23-year-old admitted he struggled to get going upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge, but says he is looking forward to laying down a marker in his first full season at the club.

"The first two months were hard," he admitted. "I played two games at that time. Then I won the confidence of [former boss Roberto] Di Matteo and I played in his last games as Chelsea manager.

"When Benitez arrived I played a load of games. We had six games in 18 days and I played all six. It's clear that it was a little tiring because it's hard but I love it.

"I knew Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu from the Spanish youth teams. I didn't know Fernando Torres but, from the first day, those three helped me. There are also Spanish medical staff."

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