Serie A defenders lack quality, says Fabio Cannavaro

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.”