By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Cesar Azpilicueta was named as a substitute for Wednesday’s Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Swansea, ending a run of 74 consecutive league starts in which he had played every single minute.
The defender has been a stalwart for the Blues under both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, having been used at left-back, centre-back and as a wing-back on both sides of the pitch. Incredibly, the one position he rarely features in is the one in which he is natural – the right side of a four-man defence.
To make 74 consecutive starts in the Premier League is no mean feat, but – quite remarkably – Azpilicueta falls eight games short of making the top 20 of outfield players with most consecutive starts in the first division since 1992-93.
So, who are those players? Click the right arrow, above, to find out…
*All data correct as of 30/11/2017. Only consecutive appearances made in the Premier League by outfield players counted.