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Antonio Conte says Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is 'one of world's best'

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea celebrate
Image: Antonio Conte says it is "a dream" to coach Cesar Azpilicueta

Antonio Conte hailed defender Cesar Azpilicueta as "one of the best in the world" following Chelsea's 6-0 win over Qarabag on Tuesday. 

Azpilicueta scored the third in the victory over the Azerbaijani champions at Stamford Bridge as the Blues made a resounding return to the Champions League.

The Spaniard played every minute of Chelsea's Premier League campaign last season and has played a key role during the start of the new campaign for Antonio Conte's side, who currently sit third with three wins from four.

"Last season Azpi was one of the most important players for us," Conte said.

"In this position as a central defender he is one of the best in the world. He is very good with and without the ball.

Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte gestures to Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta
Image: Cesar Azpilicueta became a vital part in Conte's switch in formation

"He's a fantastic guy, he's always positive, and during the training sessions he works in a fantastic way.

"For a coach to have him is a dream."

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