​Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have agreed that Chelsea full back Cesar Azpilicueta is currently the best defender in the Premier League.

The Spaniard, who is currently suspended after picking up a red card against Crystal Palace, is rated by the pair as the most consistent and technical defender in the country. Neville and Carragher were responding to a question on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.

​​Neville said: “I’d say, for consistency of performances, it would be one of the Chelsea lads – and I’d probably say Azpilicueta.

“For technical defending, not making a mistake, not being in the wrong position, not getting caught out… I don’t see him making a mistake. And I have to say the Chelsea defenders aren’t far behind him; Gary Cahill, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic.

“But Azpilicueta, when I watch him, he’s as near to perfect as possible when it comes to defending; he’s immaculate.”

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​​Chelsea have the second best defence in the country so far this season, and whilst they possess a number of strong defensive options, former Liverpool defender Carragher agrees that the former Osasuna man tops the lot.

Azpilicueta joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2012 and has since gone on to establish himself at left back under Jose Mourinho.

Carragher revealed: “I totally agree. I think those Chelsea players, all of them, they defend properly.

“We see that in terms of the number of goals they’ve conceded, the clean sheets they keep. Azpilicueta is an out-and-out defender. You very rarely see anybody get the better of him. He’d be my number one.”