The Blues are on fire this season and currently boast a seven point lead at the summit of the Premier League table.
Chelsea‘s victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon extended Antonio Conte’s winning run to 11 games.
Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante have taken the plaudits this season with the Blues’ sizzling start.
“Given the way Chelsea play, he is as important to Antonio Conte as Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante”
Jamie Redknapp on Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta
But former Liverpool star-turned-pundit Redknapp reckons Azpilicueta is the unsung hero in Conte’s Chelsea side.
“I’m all for defenders playing out from the back but you have to be able to defend, too,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“Cesar Azpilicueta is the best of both worlds.
“Having played as a right back he is excellent going forwards – his ball for Diego Costa’s goal at Crystal Palace was superb – but I don’t think there is anyone better than him in one-on-one situations.
“He looks like the sort of man who trains like he is on trial and has been sensational this season.
“Given the way Chelsea play, he is as important to Antonio Conte as Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante.
“Chelsea will be without the suspended Costa and Kante on Boxing Day against Bournemouth – but I was so impressed with how they defended against Palace that even without these key players I’m backing them to extend their winning run.”