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The best interior defenders of the Bundesliga

Admittedly: There are more thankful jobs in football than those of the inner defender. They seldom create an offensive reputation, and when they are nevertheless the focus, they are often due to indebted opponents and poor performance.

Nevertheless, they are, of course, an indispensable part of a team. Not only because they are responsible for preventing other hits, but also because they, as the main players, also play an important leadership role.

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Mats Hummels (BVB)

Even if the World Champion of 2014 has come a little in the years, he is not a member of the old iron. This is demonstrated by the 31-year-old in the current season. Hummels has already been written off by some critics after he left the DFB team and ended his time at FC Bayern. But the Routinier gave the answer on the spot and after his change back to the BVB he advanced directly to the undisputed Chief of Defense.

“Mats points to the place with the tone, leads the team from behind and has achieved strong achievements so far. He was there from the first moment and was aware of his role,”said Sebastian Kehl, head of the Dortmund License Games Division, recently in the face of”t-online”.

Hummel’s overview and his opening of the games, all of which are reminiscent of apparently long past times. But he also knows how to convince defensively. Hummels is one of the players with the most won head-fall duels league wide.

Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)

What distinguishes the French has recently become clear during the turbulent indecision of Leipzig against FC Bavaria. Upamecanos teammate Konrad Laimer was full of praise after the game, whether the qualities of the 21-year-old: “He is still very young, but has just everything a very good interior defender has to bring: physics, game opening, speed, headfall strength. There’s almost nothing he doesn’t have. If he continues to work on himself and nothing unforeseen comes between him, he can become a very big one,”Laimer said to”t-online”.

In Leipzig, despite his young age, Upamecano is a tribal player and anchor of stability in one of the best defensive ranks of the Bundesliga. This has been reflected since the beginning of the season in the sports betting offered to RB Leipzig by online bookmakers.

He is a kind of modern Jerome Boateng. According to his successor to the German record champion, Upamecano could start next summer.

One thing stands out at the right foot: despite his massive body, he mostly manages to separate the opponent clean from the ball. In matters of warnings, “Upa”, as he is called by his teammates, to the fairest players in the German Upper House.


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Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

Even if the performance of the 24-year-old in the current season is not as bear-strong as usual, he still wins more than 65 percent the duels. That speaks for itself. The 1,95-hen has already gained a lot of experience nationally and internationally and has also matured into a recognised national player. The Bundestrainer therefore expects him to take on more responsibility in the competitions, in the game-building and in the organization of the defense, as the “Rheinische Post” quotes the defender.

The increased expectation can be considered an award. In the team of Jogi Lion, he is allowed to wear the world champion number five of the eliminated game Hummel. When it became known in March 2019 that Tah Hummels had previously asked permission to take over his old back number, it brought him a lot of respect. No question, Tah belongs to the future.

If he can connect to his achievements of a year ago, he should become an important factor in the European Championship in the summer. In order to then possibly start a great international career.

David Alaba (FC Bavaria)

There is a good reason why the official left defender appears in this list: Alaba had to help out most of the season in the internal defense of FC Bavaria in the wake of the collapse of numerous tribal forces. There the Austrian performs his service so sovereignly that one might think he would never have done anything else. And all of this with a comparatively manageable 1.80 metre body size.

Coach Hansi Flick even called Alaba head of defense at the end of 2019.” I’m totally happy with him because he’s doing well in a duel and has good solutions for opening the game in ball possession. That’s why he’s so important in this position right now,”Flick told the kicker. So important that he may not return to his native position in the foreseeable future.

Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monk ngladbach)

The Swiss, together with Matthias Ginter, is probably the best indoor defender duo in German football at the moment. This is also what the German national player sees and immediately distributes a special job to Petty Officer Elevdi: “It is a lot of fun with him, he has an enormous amount of quality, he is still two years younger than me”, Ginter quotes in a press conference from which “Fohlen Hautnah”.

The statistics underline Ginter’s statement. Nearly 95 percent of Elvedi’s passes arrive at the player, an outstanding value. In addition, the 23-year-old 60-year-old percentage of the contests wins for himself, and all this with only three yellow cards.

Elvedi undoubtedly has a large share in Gladbach allowing in the rounds the least gates of all the federalists. And his best time is yet to come.