Antonio Conte has hailed Cesar Azpilicueta as one of the best centre-backs in the world after his goalscoring performance in the 6-0 win over Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old put in another solid display for the Blues in the Champions League rout of the minnows on their return to the top flight of European football, netting the third goal to really break the resolve of the Azerbaijanis.
The win took the Blues top of Group C after the 0-0 draw between Roma and Atletico Madrid, and the Chelsea boss was raving about his vice-captain and his influence on the team.
“Last season Azpi was one of the most important players for us. I think in this position, as a centre back he is one of the best of the world. I think this about him. He is very good with the ball and without it.
“He is a fantastic guy, he is always positive. In the training session he works in a fantastic way. Azpi is a fantastic player, for a coach to have him is a dream.”