Antonio Conte has said Cesar Azpilicueta is arguably one of the best players in his new position at Chelsea.
The Spaniard plays naturally as a left back or right back, but has played in the right side of the three-man defence since the beginning of the season.
Chelsea has played in a 3-4-3 formation and Azpilicueta has not missed a minute since the season started.
“This system [3-5-2] was in my mind when we planned the season with the club,” Conte said.
“We have two systems, 4-2-4 and 3-4-3. When I switched to this system, I felt it was a good fit for our players. We do not lose offensively but we are better defensively.
“We found players not to adapt, but to play in different roles compared to the past. Like Azpi, he is incredible in this new role. He is one of the best in the world in this role.”
Victor Moses is another player who has flourished in a new position under Conte and the Italian was equally full of praise for the wing-back.
“Moses too,” the Chelsea boss added. “To run for the whole game with this quality is fantastic.”