“Assault wins you video games, protection wins you titles.”
A quote from arguably the best supervisor of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson.
And he ought to know.
Fergie led Manchester United to 13 Premier League titles throughout his illustrious profession – and he actually had an excellent protection to name upon.
So if a protection does win you titles, which membership’s defenders may assist them raise the Premier League this season?
Effectively, we have determined to rank the Premier League’s ‘Huge Six’ primarily based on their predicted defensive duos forward of the 2022/23 marketing campaign.
We’re properly conscious the switch window hasn’t closed but and signings may nonetheless be made. We’re additionally properly conscious that some workforce *taking a look at you Spurs* could not play simply two central defenders. There’s additionally the prospect the supervisor of the respective workforce could resolve to select totally different gamers from what we have opted for.
However which golf equipment within the ‘Huge Six’ have the very best defenders heading into the brand new season – and who has the ‘worst.’
Let’s have a look:
sixth Manchester United (Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martinez)
United have agreed a deal value as much as £57 million for Ajax’s Martinez. There is not any means the 24-year-old is not beginning after a hefty switch payment like that. To not point out the truth that the Argentine appears to be a extremely spectacular defender.
The choice Erik ten Hag has to make is who to start out subsequent to him. The Dutch boss has already revealed Maguire will hold the captain’s armband so we imagine he’ll a minimum of begin the season forward of the likes of Raphael Varane, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.
Wrestle early within the season, although, and Maguire is aware of there are many choices for Ten Hag.
fifth. Arsenal (Gabriel and Ben White)
Mikel Arteta additionally has a call to make at center-back – and that entails William Saliba.
The Frenchman has impressed on mortgage within the final three seasons with Saint-Etienne, Good and Marseille.
It appears Saliba will likely be staying put this time round however, on the age of 21, we cannot be stunned if Arteta goes together with his tried and examined mixture of Gabriel and White.
For now, anyway.
4th. Tottenham (Cristian Romero and Clement Lenglet)
Antonio Conte is prone to play three central defenders at Tottenham with Eric Dier prone to be part of Romero and Lenglet. However for the needs of this text, we’re taking a look at simply these two.
Romero impressed massively in the direction of the top of final season and is now thought-about among the finest centre-backs within the league.
Lenglet has been signed on mortgage from Barcelona with the Frenchman being able to play out of the again together with his left foot. We won’t see Spurs conceding too many targets in 2022/23.
third. Chelsea (Kalidou Koulibaly and Thiago Silva)
A bunch of defenders left Stamford Bridge this summer time, together with the good Antonio Rudiger.
However Thomas Tuchel has responded with the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly for £33 million from Napoli. The Senegalese has been thought-about among the finest defenders in world soccer for a few years and will fill the void left behind by Rudiger.
The 31-year-old may type a formidable partnership with 37-year-old (quickly to be 38) Thiago Silva.
Nevertheless, it appears as if Chelsea will signal a minimum of yet one more defender with Jules Kounde AND Presnel Kimpembe each linked. There’s additionally 19-year-old Levi Colwill, who impressed at Huddersfield on mortgage final season.
2nd. Manchester Metropolis (Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte)
Man Metropolis’s again line stays untouched with Dias and Laporte prone to begin the season within the coronary heart of the protection.
John Stones and Nathan Ake will present competitors however we think about it will be Dias and Laporte beginning on the opening day of the season.
1 st. Liverpool (Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate)
We’re saying Liverpool have the very best defensive duo heading into the brand new season. The Reds conceded simply 26 targets within the Premier League final season – though they’ve Alisson to thank for that file.
Joel Matip performed the vast majority of league matches however we expect Konate will get the nod this marketing campaign. The Frenchman regarded good subsequent to Van Dijk every time he began final season and we expect it is time for the 23-year-old to be an everyday starter.
Van Dijk and Konate is just not a defensive duo you’d wish to play in opposition to, is it?
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