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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has no shortage of defenders at his disposal, but the Blues boss hasn’t been able to get his perfect centre-back pairing at the club.
With four defenders in Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen, Lampard has been unable to get his best pair, and the Chelsea defence has suffered handsomely this season.
Antonio Rudiger is the most experienced central defender of the lot, and former Chelsea defender believes he should be the commander of the defence, with a technical player used to complement his game.
“Rudiger has experience and has played at a great international level,” Melchiot said, speaking exclusively to 888Sport.
“He has a good standing at Chelsea and I like him as a player.
“He’s doing really well. He is very strong and came back well from his injury when others had a chance to take his place.
“The next step now is to build a side around him but it’s important to find a centre-back partner who is not like him. They can’t play the same way.
“They have to find someone who has the ability to defend but doesn’t defend like him,” he added.
“The two guys in the middle of the park should never be identical. Both should be strong sure but maybe a guy who is on a different scale technically whereas Rudiger is a guy who says ‘don’t mess around with me’.”