Cesar Azpilicueta is this month’s main interviewee in the latest edition of Chelsea, available now in print and digital format, and our versatile full-back known as ‘Dave’ discusses that nickname in a special Only Fools and Horses-style feature.
The Spaniard’s lengthy surname instigated supporters to “just call him Dave”, as the song goes, playing on the misunderstanding Trigger has with Rodney’s name in the legendary British sitcom Only Fools and Horses.
As the 24-year-old explains in the latest edition of the new magazine, it is a tag he is more than comfortable with.
‘I didn’t know why at first,’ he tells Chelsea. ‘I knew that my second name was a little bit difficult for people, but it took a little bit of time for me to realise it was because of the TV programme.
‘Even in the street, they call me Dave, so I know that it is done in a good way. I am okay with it. I think they know my name really, and they can probably all spell it, but it’s an affectionate nickname for me, so I don’t mind.’
Azpilicueta has enjoyed a fantastic second season in west London having made the left-back slot his own and it is apparent he has fully settled into life in England off the pitch, too, having also recently become a father for the first time.
‘I live in Cobham because it is where the training ground is but I really enjoy the city, and when we have time, I go with the family to enjoy London because it is a very good city.
‘Life is different here. In Spain we tend to take things more slowly. Here, everyone moves quicker, always works and then you finish. Even on the pitch it is the same, the pace of the games and the atmosphere – everything is different.’
Consistency and hard work are the enduring images of Azpilicueta’s performances this season, where he has seamlessly adapted to his new position on the left, and he goes on to explain that indefatigable approach on the pitch.
‘I think, in all the games here in England, you need to be 100 per cent concentrated because it is always difficult. You need to have the intensity to approach the game in the right way.
‘We have done very well against the other teams around us in the table, not just in terms of intensity but because we were pressing well and controlling the game. This is the best way to win.’
New kit launch
The magazine’s front cover this month features the new Chelsea home kit, modelled by Gary Cahill, and inside our centre-back along with Oscar, Eden Hazard, Petr Cech and Fernando Torres pick out their Forever Blue moment as part of the adidas kit launch.
The manager responds
Elsewhere in the magazine Jose Mourinho answers supporters’ questions in the latest ‘Ask Jose’. Issues raised include his hopes for Mohamed Salah, the importance of attacking players pressing high up the pitch and how the Premier League has changed since his first spell in charge.
David Luiz’s noteworthy matches
Our Brazilian reflects on some of the most significant games he has played in and watched in ‘Games That Made Me’. His former clubs Vitoria and Benfica both play a part as do successful finals he has enjoyed for his current club as well as his country.
Clive Wilson is the subject of this month’s ‘Chelsea Icon’ feature. The left-sided player recalls his fine performances against the Blues for Man City which possibly earned him his transfer south and the rollercoaster three seasons he subsequently spent at Stamford Bridge. The move also brought about his love of London, where as he details he now teaches PE.
And there’s much more…
As well as all this, the latest edition of the magazine looks back at the story of a father and son devoted to the medical side of life at Stamford Bridge. There are also exclusive interviews with Academy defender George Brady and new Chelsea Ladies signing Jackie Groenen, while in ‘One of Us’ two members of the rock band Young Guns explain how they keep in check with their beloved Blues while on tour around the world…
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