Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes Antonio Rudiger, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Thibaut Courtois and Cesar Azpilicueta should form the base of the Chelsea team.
According to Nevin, Chelsea will remain competitive at the highest levels if these five players remain at Chelsea.
“I totally agreed with the choice made at Wembley for Man of the Match. Antonio Rudiger has managed to stay under the radar of many Premier League watchers outside of Stamford Bridge. I was beginning to get fed up with the sneering looks I was getting from some when I said he was probably the best proponent of the art of pure defending in the Premier League at the moment. That has now changed,” Nevin wrote in Chelsea’s official website.
“The secret is now out. In short, if Rudiger is marking you then you might as well pass the ball because neither you nor anyone else is going to get past him in a one-on-one battle. It doesn’t seem to matter if they try to outpace him or use outrageous skills, one after the other the top players have found out pretty quickly that it’s a bit pointless even trying. This game provided the final evidence if any was needed, Antonio Rudiger is now a cult figure with the Chelsea fans and it is almost unthinkable not starting him in any game that has meaning at all.
“He joins Azpi, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois in what I hope will be the base of the team going forward for quite some time. It is the summer now and there will be changes, there always are, but as long as those five stick around it will be possible to be competitive at the highest levels.”