'He doesn't want to defend' – Jamie Carragher slams Chelsea star

Jamie Carragher was not impressed at all by Chelsea full-back Marc Cucurella, blaming the summer signing for Manchester City’s opener at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

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Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring for the Premier League champions, tapping home thanks to a superb ball across the face of goal from Jack Grealish.

It was a good move from Pep Guardiola’s side, but Carragher was left frustrated with Cucurella for letting Mahrez get on the end of the ball from Grealish.

The Blues left-back was ahead of the City winger but stopped and allowed him to run past him, ultimately scoring as a result.

The Liverpool legend says it was not an isolated incident, keeping an eye on the man who cost over £60m from Brighton, accusing him of not wanting to defend.

‘I’m watching Cucurella defending, he’s got five yards on Riyad Mahrez, he runs back in but then he stops,’ Carragher said on the Sky Sports coverage of the match.

‘It’s a fantastic ball across but Cucurella stops and it’s a simple tap in.


Jack Grealish puts it on a plate for Riyad Mahrez and the Manchester City man makes no mistake with the simplest of finishes 👊 pic.twitter.com/qS5FPYz5ZS

‘Could the goalkeeper do more? I think he can. I’m pretty certain he could have done more, I certainly know Cucurella could have done more.

‘I’ve been questioning Cucurella in this second half. He doesn’t want to defend, certainly not one-on-one.’

Carragher added after the game: ‘When you’re talking about the price tag, he can’t defend.

‘I actually think someone who doesn’t want to defend is worse, and it looked like he didn’t want to in one-on-one situations.’

The former Getafe defener has played 16 Premier League games for the Blues since arriving at Stamford Bridge, either as a left-back or left wing-back, with Ben Chilwell struggling with injury so far this season.

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