Ashley Cole must be looking on in horror as he finds his place on the bench, formerly warmed by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea fans have been enthusing about him recently, and many hope that after his display against Italy this week, he'll be seriously considered for Vicente Del Bosque's Spain squad for Brazil, and to be honest, why not?
He's the blue dubbed as 'Dave' by his team-mates, as sadly, although they may be celebrating his recent performances, they can't actually pronounce his name.
Against Tottenham this weekend, Azpilicueta put in a majestic performance, and enough of these against big sides will hopefully earn him a place in La Furia Roja come the summer, which I'm sure is on his mind right now.
It's easy to say that Chelsea's heroes this season are players like Andre Schurrle who I'm a personal fan of, then the Belgian Eden Hazard who's been as cool and calm as ever this season whether he's executing a perfect rabona to Fernando Torres or casually scoring hat-tricks against Alan Pardew's Newcastle.
Yes, Hazard is a player that can win Chelsea a game. Equally though, down his flank he's also got a friend in our little Spaniard Azpilicueta, who against Tottenham made 40 passes, with a success rate of 85%. You may be thinking; 'that's not impressive, but funnily enough his pass rate was the exact same as Hazard's in that match. God I love Squawka.
Dave not being a natural left-back nor left-footed, has managed to keep out a natural left-back and left-footed Ashley Cole, now that's some feat isn't it?
Mourinho has gone as far as to say to the Daily Mail; '‘I think in this moment, Azpilicueta is unbeatable. For many matches I didn’t see one player beat Azpilicueta in an individual duel."
Mourinho has purred even more about the Spanish sensation, he's made pretty bold claims as well. To the Metro, he boldly stated: "I think a team with 11 Azpilicuetas could probably win the competition.
"Football is not just about pure talent. Football is also about character and personality, and Azpilicueta has all the traces of that winning personality."
Me being of Spanish origin, I hope Dave can keep up this run of great performances until the end of the season. Spain need a competent right-back, and with Arsenal's Nacho Monreal and Barcelona's Jordi Alba filling up the left side, I think Azpilicueta can keep a place in La Roja for himself.
I mean, it's not as if Alvaro Arbeloa can challenge him.
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