Former Arsenal legend has revealed which Chelsea defender he ranks as the best in Europe…
Branislav Ivanovic has been dubbed the best defender in Europe by former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires, who revealed that he has been consistently impressed with the player’s performances.
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The Serbian scored the winning goal in last night’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool, with the Blues winning the game 2-1 on aggregate after extra time.
“For me, Chelsea’s best player is Branislav Ivanovic,” Pires told Sky Sports. “He’s the best defender in the UK and maybe even in Europe.
“I don’t understand why nobody talks about him. It’s strange because I think he’s complete. He’s got everything. He’s very strong, he’s got a good jump, he’s fast and he’s got good technique. For me, he is perfect for a defender. He’s a giant.”
Chelsea will face either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United in the first domestic cup final of the year, which takes place next month.