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5 most overrated defenders in the world right now

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65.32K   //    07 Feb 2018, 22:24 IST

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Marcelo has been poor this season.

Defence is a place where there is a little margin for error. If a defender makes a mistake, it almost always costs the team.

Life for a striker or midfielder, in some ways, is easier. After all, they are not completely responsible for the backline. As a result, a defender needs to be highly concentrated when playing the game. While some players do it frequently, there are some others who give the pretension of doing it regularly.

And here are 5 such players.

#5 Marcelo

Last season, Marcelo was the best full-back in the world, hands down. The Brazilian not only played a crucial role in the team’s attack, but was also much better than usual defensively. Nobody ever really doubted the left-back’s ability to attack, but his defensive game was always under scrutiny.

However, last season, he was actually very good when it came to defending as he always tracked back and ensured that he didn’t leave his marker free, in most cases, but the situation has changed drastically this time around.

It wouldn’t have been much of a disaster had his attacking play stayed the same. However, the lack of form has gone to such an extent that even his attacking play has taken a hit. Indeed, in 30 league games last season, he assisted 10 times — 3 games-per-assist.

And this season? 3 assists in 18 games — which is 6 games-per-assist. But for many, he is still the best full-back in the world.

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