Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has confessed to believing that Chelsea have the best centre-back in the Premier League.
This comes after an outstanding performance by the Blues’ players and coach against Tottenham.
After beating London’s rivals 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea is now the Premier League’s top team.
This is a continuation of the club’s excellent form under Thomas Tuchel. Many are tipping him to lead them into Premier League glory, ahead of Manchester City.
Their fine defense has been a key reason for Chelsea’s success. They have only conceded once in the league, a penalty against Liverpool.
And a star man at the back has been Antonio Rudiger, who has gone from strength to strength under Tuchel.
Ferdinand was full praise for Rudiger’s performance against Tottenham.
Chelsea are now in a difficult situation as the contract of their centre-back expires at the end the season.
He said: “Since Tuchel has come I think he’s arguably been the best centre-back. I think him and Dias would have been close but the effect he has had on his team has been immense.
“Under Frank [Lampard] , it was evident he wasn’t Frank’s cup of tea. He didn’t really like him. Rumours circulated about his sale to the public.
“In Germany, he’s always been highly thought of. But when the manager doesn’t rate you and you can feel that, I don’t care who you are your confidence takes a beating and it’s hard to perform at that level.”
Tuchel has already stated that he is keen on Rudiger to sign a new contract but understands it is out of his hands.
“I hope that they find solutions, but it’s not only between coaches and players, and what we wish for and that’s why it’s between the club, the players and the agent at the moment,” He stated.
“We hope that they find the solution and everything I can say, he plays excellent, and since a long time very consistent, on a very high level.
“I feel him very calm and focused, and it’s not a distraction for him. Everything is in order, so give it the time it needs. Sometimes things take a while, other times they move very quickly.