Thiago Silva has been used to wearing the armband for club and country for the most part of his career. That all changed when he joined Chelsea and Azpilicueta, being a veteran himself, was the permanent club captain. Silva recognised that and was respectful of it. He has now revealed what he thinks makes him such a good captain.
“As soon as he arrived, Azpilicueta was one of the first to write to me wishing me good luck in this new chapter.
“He is a spectacular guy, a super professional who undoubtedly deserves to be where he is and wear the armband, which means so much to him.
“There are different types of captains: there are those who talk more, and others who are quieter but mean a lot to the team. Azpilicueta has both aspects: he is very important on the field, and outside he brings the team together when necessary to talk about what is necessary and to make things clear so they don’t go wrong.
“Each captain does the job in a very different personal way, but you have to show it every day, in the good times, in the difficult ones, to lead by example and always be there.
“We have an incredible group. I always try to contribute my maximum to that and, above all, during the difficult moments. That is when you have to be there the most.”
Jorginho thinking about retirement after World Cup qualification embarrassment
Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after their 0-1 loss to North Macedonia in the playoffs has left a number of players distraught.
According to Corriere dello Sport, three Italian players including Jorginho, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne left the Italian camp at the weekend.
This could be a sign that the trio are contemplating international retirement after failing to help their nation qualify for the World Cup.
All three players were heavily criticized by the fans for their poor performances in the loss and are now thinking about their future.
Jorginho in particular was devastated and said that his penalty misses in the group stages of World Cup Qualifiers will ‘haunt him’ for the rest of his life.
Less than 9 months ago Jorginho was on top of the world having won the Champions League with Chelsea, the Euros with Italy and was also declared UEFA Men’s player of the year to top things off.
This is the second consecutive World Cup that Italy have failed to qualify for after missing out the trip to Russia in 2018.