Chelsea star will fight for first-team chance

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is ready to fight for his first-team place this season.

The Spanish international full-back got his chance to impress in the Capital One Cup tie against Arsenal in midweek, and duly obliged with a goal and clean sheet in the 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

However, the 24-year-old is expected to be back on the bench at the weekend for the Blues’ clash against Newcastle, with manager Jose Mourinho favouring Branislav Ivanovic in the Premier League.

Azpilicueta isn’t too worried about the situation however, and is ready to battle the Serb for a regular place in the team at Stamford Bridge.

"I know the manager plays with Branislav Ivanovic this season and I am not getting a lot of games, but I am still happy at Chelsea and feel I have the confidence of the boss,” the defender told The Sun.

"The season is still young and we will need everybody to win all the trophies we are targeting. I didn't play much when I arrived at Chelsea from Marseille last year either, but by the end of the season I played practically every game.

"I've had the chance to play two League Cup games this season and I also started against Schalke in the Champions League so I am happy with the work that I'm doing.

"The manager knows that when he needs me I will always try to do my best for the team in any position he asks me to play."

Roberto di Matteo was in charge at Stamford Bridge when Azpilicueta arrived at Chelsea, but after struggling to break into the first team under the Italian, he became a regular under Rafa Benitez.

Now, with Jose Mourinho at the Chelsea helm, he's aiming to prove his worth to another manager.

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