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Cesar Azpilicueta on Chelsea back three: I've always been able to adapt

Cesar Azpilicueta says he's enjoyed being part of Chelsea's back three system this season.

The defender has displayed great flexibility ever since joining Chelsea from Marseille in 2012, and that has been evident again this season as he adjusted seamlessly to a role in their back three.

"Throughout my career, I've always been able to adapt to new positions and I think that made me better as a player," he tells Chelsea magazine. "It's crazy how football changes. I made my debut more than 10 years ago as a right-winger for Osasuna and to now be playing as a right centre-back shows you how much can change.

"I've taken on every challenge in order to improve myself. Whenever a manager has asked me to change, I've always tried to adapt quickly, to learn, and then to become a better footballer.

"When the manager signed here I knew he liked to play with three at the back and I thought I could play in the back three,' he adds.

"I was sure I could make it work, he gave me confidence, we trained hard to learn all the right movements and obviously it was a big change for me. I was more central and you maybe play more with the ball because we build from the back. I'm in possession more and there are no overlaps and not a lot of crosses from the wing but it's a role I'm enjoying."

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