No team has ever been victorious without a solid defence. At the heart of that, the defence has to be a centre-back capable of keeping the best attackers in check.
Many years ago, managers wanted defenders who could win headers, tackles and control opponents in the penalty area.
Now, they need to mix that power and aggression with poise on the ball and an ability to play out from the back under pressure.
“Attacks wins you games, defence wins you titles,” once said Sir Alex Ferguson, who is one of the greatest and most successful managers of all time.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Juventus, Barcelona, PSG and Ajax claimed trophies this season, thanks to their strong defence and prolific attackers.
Nevertheless, here are five defenders who have been rock solid for their teams and deserve to get special praise.
Manchester City claimed Premier League title for the second consecutive time. Pep Guardiola’s side scored 95 goals and conceded only 23. That speaks about the professionalism of the defensive side of the team.
Laporte was a key player in Guardiola’s defence. The player spent 3939 minutes for City, he scored five goals and created three assists. His pass success stands at 92.3 %. The France international’s only weakness was holding on to the ball.