BREAKING POINT – CESAR AZPILICUETA
Cesar Azpilicueta has been an ever present player for Chelsea since his arrival in 2012.
The 3,000-minute mark is a good method of measuring great reliability in players for a 38-game league.
Cesar Azpilicueta has achieved this six times in his career — five consecutive (2015-2020) for the London side.
The Spaniard who captains Chelsea FC can play in different roles in the back four -primarily as a full back but also can play as a centre-back.
After signing for Chelsea in the summer of 2012 from Marseille has made over 360 appearances for Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles as well as two Europa Leagues, a Carabao Cup and an FA Cup. After Cahill left Chelsea, Azpilicueta was named club captain ahead of the 2019/20 season; he had already worn the armband on the pitch while the Englishman was out of the team, including in the 2019 UEFA Europa league victory against Arsenal in Azerbaijan.
“Azpilicueta is the kind of player I like a lot. I think a team with 11 Azpilicuetas would probably win the competition (Champions League) because football is not just about pure talent.” – Jose Mourinho on Azpilicueta.
Harry Maguire didn’t miss a minute in the Red Devils 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
He became the first outfield player to appear in every single minute of a Premier League season for the United since fellow centre-back Gary Pallister in the 1994/95 season.
“Yes, it is strange but, when I think about that stat, and I have actually thought about it when I’ve seen it as I got tagged in it quite a lot [on social media].” Maguire speaking to MUTV about his statistics this season.
Only seven outfield Premier League players were able to achieve this feat. It is clear that Maguire has this robustness and athletism that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appreciates. It has been difficult in recent times to have outfield players who can play in every single game, a point backed up by the fact that Pallister was the last, and having somebody who is always one of the first names on the starting XI is a big boost.
The 3,000-minute mark is a good method of measuring great reliability in players for a 38-game league and Harry Maguire has achieved that five times in his career, a great trait running back to his days at Hull City.
There might be questions about rotation of the squad, but I don’t see that happening in league games.
The 3,000-minute mark is a solid indicator for endurance in players as over 90% of those who play in the 38-game leagues rarely reach 3,000 minutes in a campaign unless they are goalkeepers (which is common with them).