Chelsea and Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta has vowed to break his record of playing 74 consecutive games for the Blues, reports the Daily Mail.
The versatile 28-year-old has become a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge since his £7m transfer from Marseille 2012, most notably for his consistent performances and never say die attitude, making him a key player in the plans of Antonio Conte.
Azpilicueta saw his run come to an end after he was rested for Chelsea's 1-0 win against Swansea a week ago, a run stretching back to December 2015, although the Spaniard was in good jest about being rotated.
He said: "Ha, yeah! I never thought about the amount of games I played in a row, 90 minutes in all of them. But I would try to beat that mark, and I'm pleased for the number of games because I know it's difficult.
"Of course I want to play every game. We are a team, the manager makes the best decisions for the team. He sees the performance, the training."
74 - Cesar Azpilicueta isn't starting a Chelsea PL game for the first time since December 2015, having played 90 minutes in each of the Blues' last 74 top-flight matches. Dave. pic.twitter.com/sC3WXW65o2— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 29, 2017
The defender will have plenty of opportunities for games as the busy festive period looms, starting with a London derby against West Ham in the Premier League early kick-off this Saturday, with a Champions League last 16 tie to worry about in the new year.
Azpilicueta admits he and Chelsea would've preferred to play the second leg at home after qualifying as runners-up in Group C, but believes his Chelsea side have enough to reach the quarter-final regardless.
He concluded, stating: "It's true that if you finish first, you play the second leg at home.
"It's a bit of a difference but, honestly, when you go into the last 16 of the Champions League, you have to face big, big teams and we have to show our level."