Cesar Azpiliceuta hailed as the Premier League's best by Gary Neville

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Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta has been declared the finest defender in the Premier League by Monday Night Football pundits and Premier League legends Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The defensive legends also heaped plaudits upon Azpilicueta's Chelsea teammates John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic.

Praise for Chelsea

Former Manchester United star Neville claimed that Azpilicueta is 'as near as perfect as possible at defending'. Neville also described the Spaniard as 'immaculate'. Carragher concurred with his colleague's comments.

Azpilicueta, 25, joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2012. The Spaniard featured regularly during his debut campaign, but only excelled upon the return of Jose Mourinho, who granted the player a starting berth, ousting Chelsea legend Ashley Cole at left-back, despite him preferring the right-back role.

Azpilicueta impressed immensely last term and was named in the 2013/14 Premier League Team of The Year. He is due to return from domestic suspension to face Liverpool at the weekend, but could find himself on the right-hand side, due to the outstanding form of £16 million summer acquisition Filipe Luís.


Chelsea defence

Terry, Cahill and Ivanovic were also praised by the punditry duo, with Neville saying that "the Chelsea lads aren't far behind him; Gary Cahill, John Terry and Branislav Ivanović'."

Carragher also agreed to this point, claiming that all of Chelsea's defenders 'defend properly'.

Chelsea maintained a fantastic defensive record last term, only conceding on 27 league occasions, which makes them the tightest defence in the league. To emphasise their defensive solidarity, they also claimed the greatest number of clean sheets, with then number one goalkeeper Petr Cech collecting the Golden Glove. 

The statistics prove that both Carragher and Neville were correct in their labelling of the Chelsea defenders as the best in the land. Whether Azpilicueta is the best in the league, or one of the other Chelsea defenders, the punditry duo definitely know their stuff.

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