Gianfranco Zola has lavished praise on Cesar Azpilicueta following his sensational form for Chelsea in recent seasons.
The Spanish defender has developed into one of the Premier League’s finest defenders since his move to Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2012.
Azpilicueta has become known for his reliable performances in the Chelsea defence and famously played every single minute of the Blues’ successful Premier League campaign last season.
The 28-year-old Spain international has scored one goal and made six assists in 22 Premier League games for Chelsea so far this season.
And Blues legend Zola clearly rates Azpilicueta extremely highly.
Speaking during BBC Sport‘s coverage of Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Norwich on Wednesday night, Zola said: “He’s been unbelievable.
“He’s one of the most rated players among the managers. He’s been incredible, not only defending but also going forward.
“The system suits him perfectly, he’s taking his game to another level.”
Chelsea now switch their attentions back towards Premier League affairs and their trip to the south coast to take on Brighton and Hove Albion.
The west London side are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table as they chase a top-four finish under Antonio Conte this term.
Chelsea, who won the Premier League in style under Conte in his first campaign in charge last term, will take on Newcastle United in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.