5 Best Defensive Midfielders in the world right now!

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Best defensive midfielders – Football is a dynamic sport in which each and every position is equally important. At any given moment players are able to switch their position, a defensive midfielder is the backbone of the team. It is the pivot that connects the defense and the attack. The defensive midfielder is usually the one who has a high work rate and is physically very strong.

Here we look at some of the best defensive midfielders after 2018/19 season:

Rodrygo (Atletico Madrid)


The Spaniard, Rodrygo stands 1.91 meters tall and is extremely composed when he is on the ball. He is very calm and is able to rotate the ball very quickly and efficiently. He held a passing accuracy of more than 90 percent this season. His impressive performance for Atletico Madrid has earned him a move to Manchester City. He is still very young and has the potential to grow.

Best defensive midfielders

Also Read: Kieran Joins Atletico Madrid

Fernandinho (Manchester City)

Fernandinho has been at Manchester City since 2013. When he is fit, he is the first person who is confirmed to be in the playing eleven. He is consistent and extremely good defensively. He averaged 2.1 tackles and 1.5 interceptions in the last season of the premier league. Fernandinho is there to teach the ropes to Rodrygo at Manchester City.

Best defensive midfielders

Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund)
Axel Witsel

Ever since his first game, the Afro styled Belgian, Witsel has been an indispensable part of BVB. He was arguably Dortmund’s most important player in a deep title race against Bayern Munich. Dortmund looked way better in defense and transition due to Witsel. He is also a very good aerial threat, making him dangerous during corners for the opposing side. Witsel is good at holding the ball to enable his attackers to make a run forward.

Best defensive midfielders

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Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
Sergio Busquets

Busquets is a household name in Spain. He plays as a central defensive midfielder for Barcelona as well as the national team. He is one of the most intelligent players to have ever played the game. Due to his growing age, he has started to struggle against the pacy attackers, leaving him exposed at times. Yet with the weakness, his strengths makeup more for the lack of his pace.

N’golo Kante (Chelsea)
N'golo Kante

Kante won the FIFA World Cup in 2018 with France, featuring in almost every game. He was also a vital part of the Chelsea team that won the UEFA Europa Cup. Kante has made a name for himself with his defensive techniques and burst of the pace during an attack. He also averages more than 2 tackles in a game.  His statistics took a hit under Sarri but with Lampard being appointed as the new manager, he is likely to get back to his numbers.

Also Read: Frank Lampard replaces Sarri at Chelsea.

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