Behind every successful team lies a formidable defensive partnership - the unsung heroes of any team.
Who has been the greatest partnership to have graced the Premier League since it started? Here are my top tive:
5. Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic | Manchester United
Brilliant but not the best United pairing. Since becoming a defensive partnership, the two have won the Premier League more times than anyone else on the list, with successes in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. A Champions League medal and two League cups also fill their cabinets. They are also on course for another league title this season, despite injury limiting the opportunities for the two as a pairing.
4. Sami Hyypia, Jamie Carragher | Liverpool
Sami Hyypia joined Liverpool in 1999 and formed a formidable defensive partnership with Stephane Henchoz and then with Jamie Carragher. It was this pairing which helped Liverpool to win the Champions League in the 2004/05 season.
3. Steve Bruce, Gary Palister | Manchester United
This partnership is arguably the best defensive partnership Manchester United have ever had. These two were inseparable in the first 4 seasons of the Premier League, winning three of them. Steve Bruce captained the team to the double in 1993-94. and Gary Pallister made the team of the year from 1992 to 1995.
2. Tony Adams, Steve Bould | Arsenal
Part of the legendary back five which included David Seaman, Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn, they overturned an 11 point deficit to win the Premier League in 1997/98 and followed that up with the FA Cup. These two worked the offside trap to devastating effect, conceding just 10 goals at home in the double wining year.
1. John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho | Chelsea
Chelsea’s greatest defensive partnership helping them to two successive Premier League titles. Mourinho brought the best out of John Terry and the Blues hit a number of records during as these two warriors were in the back-line. With the fewest goals against in a Premier League season (15), most clean sheets kept in a season (25), most wins in a season (29), and the most points in a season (95), Terry and Carvalho will keep a legendary status at Stamford Bridge.
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