Here are some of the best defensive players around…
There have been a lot of plaudits this season for the offensive players who have scored the most goals and got the most assists, but what about those players who have to do more defensive work?
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Here are the top 10 tacklers in the league, by how many successful challenges they make per game…
Stats courtesy of WhoScored.
10) Nemanja Matic, Chelsea, 3.4 tackles per game
The midfielder’s defensive work has meant that Chelsea’s attacking players have been free to take teams apart at the other end.