Antonio Conte: 'Cesar Azpilicueta one of best defenders in world'

Conte: 'Azpilicueta one of best in world'
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Cesar Azpilicueta must now be considered among the best defenders in the world, according to his Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted that it is a manager's "dream" being able to call on a player boasting the world-class qualities of Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Spain international proved to be a consistent presence in the Blues' title-winning backline last term, playing every minute in the Premier League.

Azpilicueta has started the 2017-18 season in a similar fashion, even getting on the scoresheet as Chelsea brushed aside Azerbaijani champions Qarabag 6-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Conte was particularly impressed with the versatile defender's performance, telling reporters: "Last season Azpi was one of the most important players for us. In this position as a central defender he is one of the best in the world. He is very good with and without the ball.

"He's a fantastic guy, he's always positive, and during the training sessions he works in a fantastic way. For a coach to have him is a dream."

Azpilicueta has also claimed a couple of assists from the back this term, coming in the league wins over Everton and Leicester City.

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