Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claims that Cesar Azpilicueta has become one of the best in the world in his first season in his new position.
The Spaniard has been converted into a central defender in Chelsea’s 3-4-3 system and has been a revelation in the role.
“This system was in my mind when we planned the season with the club,” revealed Conte.
“We have two systems, 4-2-4 and 3-4-3. When I switched to this system, I felt it was a good fit for our players. We do not lose offensively but we are better defensively.
Cesar Azpilicueta completed more passes (90) today than any other player in the Premier League.
Yet another tidy performance. pic.twitter.com/FsKV088Uke
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“We found players not to adapt, but to play in different roles compared to the past. Like Azpi, he is incredible in this new role. He is one of the best in the world in this role.”
“Moses too. To run for the whole game with this quality is fantastic.”’
The Nigerian has of course been rewarded with a new contract extension.