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10 best defences in European football currently

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23.41K   //    13 Oct 2016, 18:19 IST

carlo ancelotti and diego simeone

Defence is often an underrated part of a football team’s success, but more often than not the top teams in the world are all built on a solid backline. The season has only just begun, but already, these teams have shown that their defences are hard to break down.

The top 10 defences have some surprising names on the list. Traditional superpowers miss out, while some unfancied teams make the list. Without much ado, let us look at the 10 best defences in Europe’s top 5 leagues right now:

#10 Genoa

nicolas burdisso
Nicolas Burdisso has been at the heart of Genoa’s good defensive performances

Currently at 8th position in the Serie A table, Genoa have been extremely good defensively conceding only 2 goals in their 6 Serie A matches played so far. Genoa play in the 3-5-2 formation with Nicolas Burdisso, Santiago Gentilleti and Armando Izzo forming an impressive and solid backline.

Also read: 5 contenders for Golden Glove (Serie A)

The flying full-backs/wingers like Lazovic and Laxalt contribute immensely to the defence, tracking back tirelessly throughout the 90 minutes to help the team. Genoa’s defensive stats so far are extremely impressive:

Games played – 7

Goals conceded – 5

Minutes/ goal conceded – 126

Most defensive actions – Nicolas Burdisso(8)

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