Best Centre Backs in the 2018-19 Season
A centre back is a defender who as the name suggests stays in the centre of the defense. Centre backs can be both, attacking or defensive. The primary role of a centre back is to deal with the oppositions forwards and don’t let them reach the goal keeper. Some attacking centre backs like to start the attack right from defense by aggressive crosses and through balls.
Here is a list of Best Centre Backs who performed extremely well in the last season:
1) Virgil Van DijkVirgil Van Dijk is arguably one of the best players in the world alongside the likes of Messi and Ronaldo. Ever since his move from Southampton to Liverpool in 2018, he has played pretty much every match for LFC. He has played 38 games for the Reds in the last season. Van dijk has come up to be the leader for the club. His ability to read the game is very superior to the others in the squad. He has been one of the pillars of Jurgen Klopps Liverpool that finished second in the league and won the UEFA Champions league.
2) Aymeric LaporteAymeric Laporte was signed by Pep Guardiola in 2018 from Athletic Bilbao and in just one year he has adapted himself to the Premier League. Laporte has played 51 games for the citizens across all competitions and made 5 goals and 3 assists. He made a formidable partnership with John Stones in the City defense that helped them win the Premier League.
3) Gerard PiquePique has been in Barcelona’s defense for more than 10 years. Playing alongside some legendary defenders like Puyol and Macherano. He has learnt and gathered a lot of experience. He himself has now become the leader of the Catalan side. He is physically very strong and very good in the air. Him along with Lenglet, led Barcelona to another La Liga Title.
4) MarquinhosThe Brazilian defender, Marquinhos is a vital part of both the National Side and Thomas Tuchels men. Him alongside Thiago Silva, led Brazil to a Copa America title after a dry spell of 12 years. Marquinhos is very strong technically and is very quick for a centre back.
5) Jan VertonghenJan Vertonghen has now been at Tottenham Hotspurs for the last 7 years. Spurs made it to the final of the UEFA Champions League and Vertonghen was able to keep some of the best forwards in control. He’s strong in the one-on-one duels and is comfortable when forced to defend in the wide areas.