Jamie Carragher has admitted that he always considered former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho as a “top centre-back.”
The Portuguese defender made 210 appearances for the Blues between 2004 and 2010, helping Chelsea to three Premier League titles during his time with the club.
Carvalho established a successful partnership with Chelsea captain John Terry at the heart of the Blues defence, with the club also winning the League Cup twice during his time in west London.
And Carragher has described how he used to watch the former Chelsea defender as he looked to improve his own game.
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“Centre-back wise, I’d look at players who are similar to me, like Ricardo Carvalho,” he said, speaking in Sky Sports’ Off the Script.
“When he was at Chelsea, he wasn’t the biggest, he wasn’t the most powerful, but he was a top centre-back and you’d watch how he went about things.”
Chelsea during the break
Carragher has also been full of praise for Carvalho’s defensive partner during his time at Chelsea, with the former Liverpool man delivering his verdict on Terry’s playing career.
“Basically, John Terry was a better version of me, bigger, more powerful and had better quality on the ball than me,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“He was also a great passer of the ball.
“I think John Terry was one who, when you trained with him, went up a level in your own mind about how good a player he was. You knew he was a great player.”