The Premier League seen many great defenders come and go, and it’ll only take a man who has been there and played at the top level to identify the best.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher revealed an unbiased list of his own Premier League’s best 10 defenders ever, and three Chelsea legends made the cut – John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho and Marcel Desailly.
John Terry is top of the list, Carvalho took 5th spot and Desailly is the 9th name on the list.
In a column for Mail Sport, Carragher wrote:
1. JOHN TERRY
My type of defender, someone who would put his body in front of anything to stop a goal. It should not be forgotten, though, what a great footballer he is and I know from playing alongside him how effortlessly he could ping a 60-yard pass with his left foot.
During Jose Mourinho’s first spell at Stamford Bridge, with Terry commanding in the middle and Petr Cech in goal, it felt almost impossible to score against them.
Chelsea only conceded 15 goals in 2004-05 en route to the title and that season signalled the start of five consecutive years of him being named in the FIFPro World XI.
He has won 16 major honours and kept 214 Premier League clean sheets.
5. RICARDO CARVALHO
Some might be surprised that this master of the dark arts has taken such a high place in my list but I thought he was brilliant. Carvalho was an expert reader of the game, very good and cool on the ball, but also very aggressive.
I like the fact that, like me, he wasn’t the tallest or most physically imposing but he always got the job done.
I called him a ‘magnet’ after one game between Liverpool and Chelsea because the ball kept being drawn to him. His partnership with Terry is the best I’ve seen in the Premier League.
9. MARCEL DESAILLY
He came here after winning the 1998 World Cup with France. I don’t think he showed his best over six years, but when he was on form it was a man against boys. Michael Owen always said he was the best he’d played against. Had Desailly been here during his peak, he could easily have been in top spot.