'So organised': Pundit claims Chelsea have the very best centre-back in the world right now

Gabriel Agbonlahor suggested that Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is the finest centre-half in the sport currently.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor placed the German international at the very top of his specific category.

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A group that has some stellar names to compete against.

Virgil van Dijk is pretty good on his day. Ruben Dias knows how to protect his goal.

Sergio Ramos is still kicking about, the Spaniard currently sharing a dressing room with Marquinhos, another laying claim for the sport’s premium centre-back.

But it really is hard to look past Rudiger based on current form.

Rudiger right up there

The £29m (BBC) signing from Roma has rarely put a foot wrong since Thomas Tuchel landed at Stamford Bridge in January.

Fans and pundits alike have constantly marvelled at his ability to defend like a warrior, but also surge upfield like a winger.

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A wonderful character and terrific addition to Tuchel’s team.

Rudiger’s brilliance was on show again last night, as he helped Chelsea snuff out Juventus during their 4-0 Champions League roll-over of the Serie A side.

“You look at the game last night and you look at that Juventus team; (Federico) Chiesa, who was outstanding in the Euros, did great against England, didn’t have a sniff,” said Agbonlahor.

“Rudiger, for me, is probably the best centre-half in the world at the moment the way he’s playing.

“So organised. Even when an attacker receives the ball, there’s three defenders there.

“I’d hate to play against this Chelsea defence at the moment.  

“For me, (Chelsea are the) best team in the world, best centre-half in Rudiger and best right-back/wing-back in Reece James in the world.”

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James on fire

Again, it’s another strong claim from the former Aston Villa striker, yet one that’s hard to argue against.

James was also part of the Chelsea mob that swamped Juve yesterday.

More than that, he was the leader of Italian the job.

All evening, the 21-year-old ran down the right channel, causing the visitors to London all kinds of problems.

He and Wojciech Szczesny enjoyed a personal duel that was eventually won by the Blues academy graduate.

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Ten minutes into the second half, James drove a low shot past the goalkeeper’s palms and into the far corner.

That’s now five goals and five assists for the England international this season; Mo Salah is the only Premier League player with +5 in each class as well.  

Not many right-backs can claim that kind of return.

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"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."