Unlikely Chelsea Superstar sets Premier League record by completing most passes in the League this season

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides third goal with team mates during The Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on April 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Chelsea have had a number of heroes as they have overwhelmed the rest of the Premier League en route to being crowned champions.

But one of the most underappreciated players in their team is undoubtedly Cesar Azpilicueta, who has been an integral cog and will complete all 38 games if he plays the 90 minutes against Sunderland on Sunday.

And one aspect of his game that has not been noticed by most is his incredible passing throughout the campaign.

Azpilicueta became the first Premier League player this season to complete 2,000 passes when Chelsea took on Watford on Monday.

That means he has completed 100 passes more than any other player in the top flight.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka comes second in the charts, with 1,921 passes, and Paul Pogba third with 1,816.

Azpilicueta has also impressed in an attacking sense, completing over 1,000 passes in the opposition half over the campaign.

That is more than any other defender and can be best highlighted by his role in Chelsea’s title winning goal.

After all, it was the diminutive Spanish defender who played the cross that set up Michy Batshuayi’s goal against West Brom.

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