Azpilicueta narrates his path to Chelsea captaincy
- The defender was not a club skipper at youth level, as he played with older teams.
- He did, however, captained his country at an Under-19 level.
- At Chelsea, he could learn from the best and grow into the role.
Cesar Azpilicueta has expanded on his experience as a captain which began long before the current Blues' skipper even joined Chelsea.
The 30-year-old led Spain youth teams and even lifted a major trophy as the U19s side won Euros 2007.
"When I was young, at club level I was not involved in captaincy because I was always playing with the older players," Azpilicueta told the club website.
"In youth teams I was two years ahead so there were people more experienced around me and then I made my debut for Osasuna at 17 years old.
"Then pretty quickly I moved to Marseille but at youth level in the national team I was captain in the Under-17s and in the Under-19s when we won the European Championship in 2007. I was the captain in the final.
"I was the captain of Spain Under-21s and I was one of the captains at the Olympics, so I have been involved in that kind of role and here in Chelsea when I arrived, I just grew up progressively and I knew I was sitting next to big, big players. I was lucky to learn from all of them and try to be myself and to give my best."