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According to football stats aggregator WhoScored, here are the ten best central defenders in European top flight football this season…
The rankings are based on a defender’s interceptions, tackles, clearances, passing from the back, and their ability to chip in with goals.
Interestingly, no Bayern Munich centre-halves make the list, despite the fact they’ve only conceded 13 all season, and neither of Arsenal’s or Chelsea’s impressive central defenders make the list as well.
10) Gerard Pique – Barcelona – 7.47 rating
Pique is wonderfully composed with the ball at his feet, and rarely gives the ball away. He completes 90% of his passes, has scored twice, and makes two tackles per match.
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