Jamie Carragher: This Chelsea star is the best in the league

Jamie Carragher delivers a glowing verdict on Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta

Jamie Carragher believes that Cesar Azpilicueta has emerged as the best defender in the Premier League this season.

The Spaniard has been a regular fixture in the Blues’ starting line-up this term and has been thriving under new manager Antonio Conte.

Azpilicueta recently signed a new contract with the west London side to commit his future to the club following his sparkling displays for Chelsea this season.

The defender set up Diego Costa’s winner in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

And former Liverpool star Carragher says that Azpilicueta has been the best defender in the Premier League this season.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “I think he’s the best defender in the league. We talk about full-backs now being wingers.

“If you’re asking me which full-back I’d want in my team, it would be Azpilicueta straight in.

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

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Azpilicueta will be expecting to feature for Chelsea when they host Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day as they look to make it 12 wins on the spin in the Premier League and keep their place at the top of the table.

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