I know my game dropped – Azpilicueta explains reason for dropped performances

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Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has extended his stay with Chelsea until 2024.

Azpilicueta has revealed that he was keen on leaving Chelsea after winning the Club World Cup, as he had now won everything at the club.

The Spaniard spoke of the significance of winning the Club World Cup in February, and admitted his performances dropped afterwards.

“It was a turning point,” said the Chelsea skipper.

“I tried so hard to win this trophy. At that moment I felt differently. At that moment it was like, ‘wow, I have won everything for this club’, so maybe a new chapter arrives. It’s true that at the last break my performances were not as good as before.

“I paid a big price for playing from December to February. I think I played the most minutes and I did it playing wing-back. Of course, I am not getting younger and it is a position that demands a lot of energy every three days.

“I think all the emotions, feelings and tiredness made me feel like this. In the last two months [of the season], I wasn’t as good physically as before.”