Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux has been forthright in his opinion on the Blues’ under-fire defender Branislav Ivanovic and believes the criticism he has received from the Stamford Bridge crowd has been fair.

Speaking in an exclusive interview for 888poker.com the distinguished full-back who played 230 times at the Bridge in two separate spells, showed little mercy for a player who has looked hopelessly out of sorts at times this season.

“It’s all fair in one sense because if the crowd decide that you’re not playing well or see something they don’t like about you then they make their mind up. He’s had a poor season even by the rest of the team’s standards so he is very vulnerable in that position at right-back but he is not solely responsible. You need a bit of help against pacy wingers and if you don’t get that protection you can get exposed.”

“I saw him in the first game of the season against Swansea and Montero absolutely destroyed him. Ivanovic is hardly the quickest and he is alright once he gets going but he needs five or six yards. As a full-back that’s too late.”

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