Chelsea boss has praised Cesar Azpilicueta as Chelsea continue preparation for the new season.

The blues captain is yet to return to training after reaching the semi-finals of the Euro 2020 with Spain but Tuchel has said plenty about his performance in the competition and what he brings to his side.

Chelsea’s boss has also labelled his club captain as someone you can rely upon after he played for Spain for the first time in over two years.

On speaking to Chelsea website, Tuchel said: “He is such a reliable guy,” he added. “Everybody can be so proud that we have him as our captain. He has everything you want from a captain. And I was sure if they select him, whatever the situation will be, you can rely on him and he will give 100%.

“When I knew he will play in the last group game and I saw that it was a decisive game, I thought yeah, he is the guy you want to have on the pitch because he can deliver under pressure. This is what he does and this is what he’s used to doing. He’s a fantastic team player.”

However, the Spaniard still has an extra few days holiday left before he returns to Chelsea’s training ground in the Cobham but Thomas Tuchel will be pleased to see him fully rested ahead of what promises to be an exciting season in the Stamford Bridge.

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