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‘Phenomenal’ Harry Maguire needs to learn ‘nasty’ defending from Chiellini – Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro believes that Maguire and Stones are the best English defenders but they need to learn new tricks from Giorgio Chiiellini

Former Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro has highlighted that Harry Maguire and John Stones need to develop a ‘nasty streak’ if they are to become better defenders. The retired defensive lynchpin pointed out that this is an aspect of the game where Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has mastered in order to trump both English defenders.

The one-time Ballon d’Or winner noted that both Maguire and Stones have been phenomenal for Manchester United and Manchester City respectively this season. Cannavaro touted them as the best English defenders but rated them a notch below Chiellini. The former Italian captain praised the English duo’s courage and defending abilities, telling The Sun that Maguire and Stones ‘fear no one.’

Maguire has faced a lot of criticism for his performances at United this season

“Stones and Maguire have shown interesting things in recent years. They can both play football, defend and fear no one,” Cannavaro said.

“They are good individually and with the rest of the backline. They are points of reference for Manchester City and Man United — and undoubtedly the two best English defenders.”

However, Cannavaro believes there are things Maguire and Stones can learn from Chiellini whilst tagging the Juventus defender as one who ’embodies the spirit of the Italian defender.’ Pointing out that perhaps due to the different football philosophies, Chiellini has the ‘nasty streak’ required to halt dangerous strikers.

The 48-year-old coach said: “When the going gets tough, they take responsibility and are not afraid of trying new things.

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro won the World Cup in 2006
Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro won the World Cup in 2006

“But Chiellini still embodies the spirit of the Italian defender and that level of concentration needed to stop a striker in a difficult moment.

“Maguire and Stones play a totally different type of football and may lack a nasty streak at times. Which Giorgio has.”

Cannavaro is the only defender to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award, picking up the coveted award after leading Italy to the 2006 World Cup trophy in 2006.

After retirement, he has ventured into coaching predominantly taking up managerial jobs in the Chinese Super League, notably as the manager of the China national team for a brief period in 2019.

Olafare Michael Oluwabukola
A Nationa Diploma holder in Computer Science at LENS POLYTECHNIC Offa, a full-time blogger, beatmaker, modern graphics designer, talent manager, and a vocalist


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