Chelsea Defender Becomes the First Premier League Player to Hit Huge 2016/17...

Chelsea Defender Becomes the First Premier League Player to Hit Huge 2016/17 Milestone

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta became the first Premier League player to complete 2,000 passes this season, data courtesy of EA SPORTS can reveal.

Azpilicueta, who arrived at Stamford Bridge as a right-back in 2012 but has since been converted to left-back and centre-back, is also the only Premier League player in 2016/17 to have completed 1,000 or passes in the opposition half.

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To be precise, 1,003 have come in the opposition half, while the Spaniard’s 2,040 overall puts him 119 ahead of the next most prolific passer in the league, Granit Xhaka (1,921).

Not only is Azpilicueta the most prolific passer, he’s also the only defender in a top 10 that is otherwise completely dominated by midfielders. And arguably the most valuable of his passes was the one that set up Michy Batshuayi to seal Chelsea’s fifth Premier League title.

Source: 90min

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