Cesar Azpilicueta insists Romelu Lukaku’s “bad experiences” can fuel Chelsea’s title win
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has seen a remarkable transformation at Romelu Lukaku, from his first tenure at the club as a teenager to a £ 97.5million superstar
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Romelu Lukaku has become a complete striker after learning from “bad experiences”.
That is the view of Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who has seen a remarkable transformation in Lukaku from his first tenure at the club as a teenager to £ 97.5m superstar.
Lukaku didn’t get much attention after joining Chelsea in 2011, going on loan, joining Everton and then joining Manchester United before his final stint at Inter Milan really made him one of Europe’s elite.
The Chelsea striker celebrated his return with a goal at Arsenal and Azpilicueta now believes Lukaku’s all-round play has improved as he has suffered some setbacks in his career.
Blues defender Azpilicueta said: “You grow older with age. You learn from bad experiences. When you experience different things, you gain that maturity.
“Romelu has always been a great personality willing to improve her own game and help the team. I have no doubt that he will be a key player for us.
“We are so happy to have him this season. You can see his strengths, his personality, his goals, his assists, his style of play. Even though Arsenal was his first game and he had only trained for a week.
“But he knows the club. He’s been here before. He has the ambition and will to be successful and help the team win trophies.
“When he was at Chelsea for the first time, you have to keep in mind that it was a different group. He was very young. It wasn’t easy for him. But he has worked his way up. A couple of other loans to other teams and then it was sold. Another country, to Italy, to prove its worth.
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“Now he’s back in the Premier League and he’s shown his quality. In life you grow. You gain experience. You learn where to go and where not to go on the court to be more dangerous.
“Romelu has always shown his personality. As you get older you become more confident and now he’s in a different phase of his career. “
Azpilicueta, 31, has been with Chelsea for nine years, has already won two Premier League titles, knows what it takes to become champions and what the expectations are for Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta said, “It’s a challenge. We know that last season in the Premier League we are far from where we want to be. We finished fourth. We have to show that we are ready every day.
“We’re facing a tough challenge on Saturday, but we believe in ourselves. We are confident.
“It was a short preseason. After the euro, some of us were late. We didn’t have a lot of time to train. We worked hard all season to get fit.
“We know that every time we train or play, we have to do our best. This is our responsibility. We have to show that we are ready for the challenge. “
Turning his attention to the trip to Anfield, Azpilicueta added, “It’s a big game. We know that both teams come from two victories. We didn’t concede any goals. Let’s prepare well. We have to go there and show our quality. “