Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta has spoken glowingly about the impact of forward Joao Felix, who he says has made a huge impression both on and off the pitch since signing for the Blues.

The Portugal international netted his first Blues goal last time out at West Ham in a fine individual performance, his second outing since joining the club in the winter window.

He has had nine shots across those two starts, hitting the target six times.

When asked about his first impressions of the 23-year-old, Azpilicueta spoke in a positive light about our Portuguese striker – who could make his first European appearance for Chelsea on Wednesday.

‘I knew him from Atletico Madrid when we played against them, and also when I was watching their La Liga games. I was surprised when he arrived because of the quality he has.

'In training, at West Ham, he has shown the way he can turn and create space. He has been unbelievable in training. He has now scored, which will help his confidence,' Azpi added.

'He has made a huge impact and I am looking forward to seeing him every day in the team and performing at such a high level.’