Azpilicueta is the only man not to have missed a league minute under Tuchel, with the new boss unafraid to shuffle his pack as the intense schedule continues. Last night he made five changes to his starting XI but you wouldn’t have known such was the fluency of our performance.
‘That’s a collective mindset,’ explained Azpi.
‘When you play for Chelsea, one of the top clubs in the world, you have to fight for your place. Nothing comes easy. When you step on the pitch you have to be at your best.
‘In every training session, even when you don’t play, everybody trains very hard, and that’s why when the changes come everybody is ready.
‘We have the same idea. Sometimes we adapt to different systems, sometimes in the same system different players which means there is a different style of play, but the most important thing is we are all thinking in the same way.’
It all bodes well for what is set to be an exciting finale to this most unusual season.