The Serb has nothing but praise for the left-back.
According to Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, full-back Ashley Cole is the best left-back in the world and has been for a decade.
The England international is perhaps the only one from the so-called ‘golden generation’ that actually lived up to the hype and has been named in the European Championship All Star squad twice.
Ivanovic therefore may have a point about the 32-year-old, who has won every possible domestic trophy during an illustrious career with both Arsenal and now the Blues.
“For me Ashley is the best left-back in the world in the last 10 years. It’s a real pleasure to work with him,” the Serbia international told the club’s website.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to learn from him because he’s doing everything naturally. There are not a lot of things you can do and be like him.
“For me he always helps as a good reference. When you have him opposite you on the pitch you have to work hard to synchronise with him and we try to do that.”
Ivanovic has adapted whilst at Stamford Bridge from a centre-back, to Cole’s foil on the right hand side of defence and is regarded as one of the best talents in the country in that position now.
The side’s great defensive record is largely down to the two full-backs, with the Serb beginning to pick up the Englishman’s talent for supporting in both defence and attack.
Under Jose Mourinho the team have reverted back to their tough to break down mentality.
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