Azpilicueta showed weakness as Anderson caused Chelsea defender problems

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Cesar Azpilicueta has become an iconic figure among the Chelsea following over the years.

The defender was an integral part of the Blues’ Premier League 2016-17 title win as then-manager Antonio Conte switched to a back three.

Azpilicueta has maintained a position in the back line, but the formation has been tweaked by current head coach Maurizio Sarri.

Now, the Blues play with a back four and the 29-year-old has reverted to a right-back position.

Azpilicueta has started all six of Chelsea’s Premier League matches, but against West Ham United on Sunday he was a shadow of his normal self.

The Spaniard spent large chunks of the game trying to keep Felipe Anderson quiet, but he struggled to do so.

The West Ham attacker had plenty of joy down the flank, but was unable to make a significant impact as the match ended goalless.

Azpilicueta was the only Chelsea defender not to intercept the ball and he made just one clearance.

The Spaniard was also clumsy at times as he and David Luiz committed the most fouls within the team.

After winning five league matches on the bounce, the Blues were favourites heading to the London Stadium, but like Azpilicueta, most of the team had an off day.