Garth Crooks has hailed Antonio Rudiger as Chelsea’s best centre-back ahead of Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah.
Rudiger scored the winner for the Blues in the 3-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday at the King Power Stadium, with further goals from N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic sealing the victory.
Crooks told BBC: “I seem to recall Antonio Rudiger scoring against Leicester from a set-piece before at the King Power Stadium. You’d have thought the Foxes would have learned their lesson by now.
“The German is a threat in the opposition penalty area, and his headed goal was an absolute peach. Chelsea also looked impenetrable at the back with Rudiger and Thiago Silva at the heart of their defence.
“Rudiger is without doubt their best defender. Lose him for any length of time for whatever reason and Chelsea might find themselves in a spot of bother.”
Since the start of last season Chelsea have conceded 0.5 goals per game in the 30 matches Antonio Rudiger has started in the Premier League, compared with 1.3 goals per game in the 20 matches he has not started.