Luis Suarez has named three Chelsea defenders amongst his six toughest to come up against in the Premier League, including Branislav Ivanovic, who he famously bit.
In an interview with Squawka, the Barcelona striker was full of praise for the man he controversially bit, which led to a 10 game ban in April 2013. As well as the Serbian, he named defender’s from both Manchester clubs and one from Arsenal.
“In England, the defenders are all tall and powerful, strong and physical players. Look at John Terry, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Vincent Kompany, Branislav Ivanovic, Laurent Koscielny, - there are many tough, tough defenders in the Premier League.”
Suarez was the top goalscorer in what turned out to be his last season in England, with 31 goals before moving to Spain for £75 million.
The Uruguayan bagged 16 goals and 14 assists in La Liga this season despite missing the first two months of the season through suspension, proving his worth, notably in the Champions League against Manchester City and PSG.
“I had good battles with many of them, but the thing is the way you play against them. If you punt a long ball up towards me and one of these defenders, I am not going to win it.
“But the way Liverpool played, with the ball on the floor, and being released very fast to my feet, gave me a chance against the big guys.
"We worked hard on finding ways I could isolate players and then try to beat them, man on man.”
Why are they regarded so highly?
This campaign Terry hasn’t missed a league game in the meanest defence, alongside Cahill and Ivanovic, keeping 17 clean sheets
Jones made 24 appearances in the league this season holding down his place towards the end of the campaign, but Kompany’s form tailed off from his high standards of last year when he helped guide City to the title.
Koscielny is pivotal alongside Per Mertesacker in Arsenal’s improving defence.
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