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Italy's most capped player believes that defending in Italy's top league is not as good as it was when he played which is why he thinks most teams now opt for a three-man defence

Former Italy international Fabio Cannavaro has criticised the quality of defenders in Serie A stating there are "fewer good defenders in one-on-one situations."

The World Cup winner believes the lesser ability of top Italian league centre-backs is the reason for the three-man defence tactic, as coaches now look to bolster their backline to avoid leaking goals.

“The three-man defence has become fashionable because there are now fewer good defenders in one-on-one situations,” Cannavaro told Sky Sport Italia.

“As a result, coaches are looking to beef up that department."

The 39-year-old feels that the current crop of players need to return to their routes and embrace defending again.

He added: “We, as a nation, must return to our origins because we have always been good at defending and we shouldn’t be ashamed of that.”

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