César Azpilicueta is "the best left-back in England" according to Chelsea boss José Mourinho. As far as Azpilicueta is concerned, Mourinho is the best coach he's ever worked for.
For me, [José] is the best. It is the third year that we are working together and since the first day, despite the fact that I didn't play back then, he always shown his confidence. I still learn from him and hopefully we will win many titles together with Chelsea.
[...] [Mourinho is] exigent. Here, what matters is the present. You have to fight every day to win your place.
In an interview to Spanish newspaper Marca, Azpilicueta spoke about winning the Premier League last season and how difficult it will be to repeat the feat -- and what it will take Chelsea and himself to do it.
[Winning the league again is] quite difficult. Last season, even though by the end we have an ample advantage, it was difficult to win. [...] We are the current champions and everyone wants to win their games against us. The 20 teams, including ourselves, are rivals. When we are not at 100%, our matches get very complicated.
[...] All of us can get a bit better at individual and collective levels. This campaign will be ever more difficult [than the last one]. If we stay at the same level as last season's, it will cost us. All of us must make a step forward to revalidate the title.
[...] I think about getting better every day. I am 25 and I have room left to grow.
Speaking about the Champions League, the player reiterated Chelsea's desire in reaching the finals in the competition.
We always aim [at the Champions League] but some circumstances have taken us the chance to reach the finals. Last season we didn't lose a single game but we left the competition by the round of 16. This season we will enter it with the same desire.
Azpi also spoke about Chelsea's Eden Hazard and his way to become one of the best players in the world along with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
[Eden Hazard] is very talented and is capable of turning a match in any given moment, but I'd also highlight his attitude off the pitch. He won EPL's Player of the Season prize last season, receved a lot of praise and he stayed the same.
Both Cristiano and Messi score a lot of goals and it is difficult to reach these numbers in the Premier League, but he's still young and hopefully he will reach these heights one day.
It's reassuring to hear that a player as important as Azpilicueta looking not only for him but also for his team to get better next season after winning a Premier League title. It is this type of compromise Chelsea has got to put forward, no matter who we bring or who leaves the team in the transfer window.