Gary Cahill has been officially appointed as Chelsea club captain ahead of the new season, with Cesar Azpilicueta named vice-captain.
Following the appointment, Cahill spoke to the official Chelsea website about what it means to be handed the armband on a permanent basis, and the added sense of responsibility which comes with such a prestigious honour
‘Thank you, yes, it’s definitely a proud moment in my career. I’ve had some good moments up until now and this certainly ranks very highly. To be captain of such a huge club like Chelsea is a great personal achievement.’ The English Man said in an interview with club press men
‘I felt every emotion. I was delighted, proud, excited and looking forward to it. I was lucky to have the armband for quite a long time last year but obviously John Terry was still club captain and a huge figure here, but I gained a lot of experience from that and hopefully I can continue in the same vein this season.’
Cahill had the armband for almost the entire season last term as the Vice Captain, having Captain John Terry endure the bench role. Obviously, Manager Antonio Conte preferred a younger set up of Cahill, David Luiz and Azpilicueta in the back line. Terry got the chance to wave good bye to the Stamford Bridge fans when he featured as the Captain once again in an emotional last game of the season, before the English man made a move to Championship side, Aston Villa.
Speaking on his new vice, Cahill said ‘I have a very good relationship with Azpi and that’s important. He’s a top player but his work-rate and character are very strong so he has all the characteristics you would expect from a leader.
‘It was no surprise to me, he will be important but so will everybody else. We have a lot of big characters in the dressing room so just because you have the armband it doesn’t mean you’re the only leader, far from it. We have a lot of leaders in this group and Cesar is one of them. He has grown into the role, he’s younger than me and he’s a great personality at this club.’
The Chelsea backline has welcome Antonio Rudiger from Germany which means more competition for the 3 man defense customary to Conte last season.