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Now only nine players have played more games for Chelsea than César Azpilicueta!

411 and not out


While the focus is obviously on Chelsea’s current situation, performance, and fight for the top-four, and rightly so, we’d be remiss not to pause for a second and acknowledge something a bit longer in the making. Nearly nine years in fact.

Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta made his 411th appearance for the club last night, and as we noted a couple appearances ago, that means he’s now all alone in tenth spot on the all-time appearance list. That’s right, only nine (9!) players in the entire (nearly) 116-year history of the club (birthday coming up in five days!) have pulled on the Chelsea shirt more often than the man we just call Dave.

  1. Chopper Harris: 795
  2. Peter Bonetti: 729
  3. John Terry: 717
  4. Frank Lampard: 648
  5. John Hollins: 592
  6. Petr Čech: 494
  7. Dennis Wise: 445
  8. Steve Clarke: 421
  9. Kerry Dixon: 420
  10. César Azpilicueta: 411

It’s the most illustrious company for the right back who was a comparatively unremarkable singing in the wake of Chelsea’s biggest night in 2012, joining the club the same summer as Eden Hazard, Oscar, and several others (including a 16-year-old Andreas Christensen!).

Now Azpi stands in the innermost sanctum of club legends. And he’s not done yet!

G’wan, Dave!

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