‘What a fantastic achievement,’ Tuchel said of Azpilicueta reaching 300 Premier League appearances. ‘This is fantastic and the guy totally deserves it.
‘To play 300 matches at that kind of level and to win so many trophies, you deserve it. There is no luck behind it, it is all down to hard work and determination.
‘It is a pure pleasure to be his coach and an honour. Azpi is so focused, honest, a sports guy and such a competitor. He is so open and focused on his best performances everyday.
‘What you see on a match day is what I see everyday. He lives his role. He is maybe not the leader that you would sometimes expect from outside or in general that we as people expect leaders to be – loud and extroverted.
‘He is not this. He is very emotional but he is calm, he leads by example. He is not giving speeches every day. When you put him in every single exercise, you know what the level is up to. The captain is in top shape, has had sleep and looks after himself.
‘He is a fantastic captain, a great player and just a really good guy too.’
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