Jamie Carragher picks Chelsea centre-backs pair as toughest opponents
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has named two former Chelsea centre-backs John Terry and Marcel Desailly in the toughest eleven he has ever faced.
As a former centre-back himself, Carragher certainly knows what he is talking about when he picked the former Chelsea’s centre-back pairing.
Desailly joined Chelsea in 1998, around the same time Terry made the step-up from the academy to the senior squad.
The pair went on to play together for six years and later Terry took over the armband in 2004.
Terry has previously said Desailly was his (and Gallas’) mentor and how the former 1998 World Cup winner always had the time to help his then apprentice.
And Liverpool icon Carragher has picked both of them as the centre-back pairing in his “Toughest XI” team.
Carragher told the Sky Sports: “Centre-back wise with Marcel Desailly, in the Premier League, I don’t think he showed what he had done before, certainly at AC Milan.
“But in certain games against Liverpool, it was like men against boys when he really wanted to turn it on.
“And for me, John Terry has been the best Premier League centre-back, certainly in my time watching football.
“There are plenty of other centre-backs I could have put in there, but I wanted to get a Premier League player in there and I think he’s been as good as anyone.”
For the fullbacks, Carragher picked two AC Milan greats Cafu and Paolo Maldini.
Just Imagine a defensive line of Cafu, Desailly, Terry and Maldini.