Chelsea’s Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta has been rated the best defender in the Barclays Premier League so far in the 2014/2015 season by football pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.
Neville and Carragher were analysts on Skysports Monday Night Football show during the game between Crystal Palace and Sunderland.
However, when asked to select a stand out stopper in the Premier League from a purely defensive point of view, irrespective of the player’s attacking contributions, the pundits picked out the 25-year-old former Marseille left-back who joined Chelsea in 2012, with Neville describing him as “immaculate”.
“I’d say, for consistency of performances, it would be one of the Chelsea lads, and I’d probably say Azpilicueta,” said Neville.
“For technical defending, not making a mistake, not being in the wrong position, not getting caught out… I don’t see him making a mistake.
“And I have to say the Chelsea defenders aren’t far behind him; Gary Cahill, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic.
“But Azpilicueta, when I watch him, he’s as near to perfect as possible when it comes to defending; he’s immaculate.”
Former Liverpool defender Carragher, a co-pundit on the show also shared similar opinions with Neville.
“I totally agree,” said Carragher. I think those Chelsea players, all of them, they defend properly.
“We see that in terms of the number of goals they’ve conceded, the clean sheets they keep.
“Azpilicueta is an out-and-out defender. You very rarely see anybody get the better of him. He’d be my number one.”