Carragher names Premier League’s ‘best defender’

Date published: Wednesday 21st December 2016 11:28

Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is the “best” in the Premier League.

Azpilicueta has been an ever-present for Chelsea this season, playing every minute of their league campaign so far.

The 27-year-old started the season at left-back, but was moved into a central-defensive position when manager Antonio Conte switched formations from 4-1-4-1 to 3-4-3.

He has been one of the standout players of the season for the current Premier League leaders, who hold a six-point advantage over second-placed Liverpool after 17 games.

Carragher, who named Azpilicueta in his team of the season so far, as did Gary Neville, believes the Spaniard is the “best defender” in the top flight.

“Azpilicueta is the best defender in the league,” he said.

“You can talk about full-backs now being wingers. If there was any full-back who I’d want on my team it’d be Azpilicueta, straight in.

“You know what you’re getting week in, week out.”

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