Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher has insisted that Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas can't defend and believes that's one of the reasons Barcelona sold the Spanish international to the west London outfit last summer.
Speaking on Sky Sports, as relayed by Goal.com, Carragher has suggested that Fabregas lacks defensive intelligence, following his below-par display in the Blues' 3-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League title rivals Manchester City.
Fabregas lined up in a midfield three alongside the duo of Nemanja Matic and and Ramires, however Carragher believes the Brazilian failed to protect his teammate, as the Blues failed to take anything away from Manchester.
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Carragher stated: "Why do you play Ramires? Because you've got someone in Cesc Fabregas who is a fantastic footballer, creates goals, scores goals, but he can't defend - as we saw in the first 10 seconds when David Silva turns him and puts Sergio Aguero through.
"He lacks tactical intelligence, especially defensively. That's one of the reasons Barcelona let Chelsea take him.
"If you play him in there [central midfield], Fabregas needs protection from Matic and Ramires and he didn't get that, especially from Ramires.
"The problems they had down that left side came from Ramires and Fabregas together."
Ultimately, there's no hiding the fact that Fabregas does struggle in the defensive department. There's no doubt about it, the Spaniard is one of the most technically gifted players in the game, but he's certainly not going to protect the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill.
And that of course will harm the Blues, especially as they play their title rivals. Is Ramires good enough to sit alongside Matic in the centre of midfield?
Of course, last season, as the Blues secured the title in style, the midfield trio were excellent, but they may have to step up another level this time round.
Chelsea fans: Are you in need of another central-midfielder? Have your say below!