Ex-Forest boss Stuart Pearce: Chelsea's Terry and Cahill are Premier League’s best

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The former Nottingham Forest manager believes the English duo are the best defensive unit in the league.

Stuart Pearce has told BT Sport that Chelsea’s defensive duo of John Terry and Gary Cahill are the best defensive partnership in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho’s side have the chance to seal the title against Crystal Palace on Sunday - their first success under the Portuguese manager since his return to Stamford Bridge last year.

It would also be their first title in five years, which has been built on solid defensive performances. The Blues have conceded just 27 goals all season, with Terry in particular a star performer.

Now, Pearce has said his partnership with Cahill is the best in the division.

“The partnership of him [Terry} and Cahill would be the best this year in the league,” he said.

“I think that’s in some ways a damning indictment of the Liverpool centre halves and the Manchester United pairing as well. Since Rio [Ferdinand] and [Nemanja] Vidic parted ways I don’t think they’ve had a solid partnership in there.”

Both Terry and Cahill were part of the PFA's Premier League Team of the Year alongside fellow defender Branislav Ivanovic - a further endorsement of their performances this season.

However, many were also calling for the former England captain to be on the shortlist for the individual Player of the Year award, while others believe he is still England’s best centre-back despite his retirement.

And Pearce is no different, adding his voice to those praising Terry.

“John’s been outstanding for a number of years for his leadership," he said. "He’s had as strong a season as anyone this year, especially defensively.”

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