It is very hard to win a game of football if you can’t defend well. Building from a solid defence is crucial for any team trying to win a major domestic league.

The winner of the league is usually the team with the best defensive record so we wanted to see who was parking the bus the best in Europe.

Out of the top five leagues we have formulated the best performing defences in Europe. Surprisingly, the top five includes no Premier League teams, showing further evidence that the English game has fallen behind their continental counterparts.

So who has made the list? Take a look below:

5. St. Etienne | Ligue 1 

Position: 4th 

Goals Conceded: 25 

St. Etienne have been solid defensively this season which has really helped them push for a Champions League spot next season. The French outfit have conceded just 11 goals at home this season showcasing their defensive prowess. With 14 clean sheets in the league this season, St. Etienne could feature in Europe next season. 

4. Atletico Madrid | La Liga 

Position: 3rd 

Goals Conceded: 25 (Higher Goal-difference than St. Etienne) 

Atletico have finally stepped up to challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid and even though they sit in third place they pose a better defensive record than both the El Clasico clubs. 

Their performances in defence have helped them compete with the big two and with only eight goals conceded at home all season, few clubs in Europe can match that defensive record. Atletico have kept 16 clean sheets in the La Liga this season making them one of the best defensive sides in Europe. 

3. Juventus | Serie A

Position: 1st 

Goals Conceded: 21 

The Serie A leaders have been defensively sound all season, and their consistency at the back has helped them in their cause to regain their Serie A crown. The team from Turin have conceded just nine goals at home and 12 goals away from home. With 15 clean sheets in the Serie A, Juventus have the strongest defence in Italy. 

2. Paris St. Germain | Ligue 1 

Position: 1st 

Goals Conceded: 20 

The biggest spenders in Europe are showing it was money well spent as the Parisian club also have one of the best defences in Europe. Their defensive exploits have helped them consolidate their position as France's best club as they are nine points clear in Ligue 1. With only eight conceded at home and 12 conceded away, only one team can boast a better defensive record than PSG. With an astounding 21 clean sheets in Ligue 1, PSG's defensive performances are crucial for their aim to become the best club in Europe. 

1. Bayern Munich | Bundesliga 

Position: 1st 

Goals Conceded: 13

The Bavarians sealed the Bundesliga in early April, quicker than any other club has ever managed to and one of the main reasons for this was their defensive record. Bayern have conceded seven less than any other team in Europe and also boast the best defensive record away conceding only two. Their defensive stats are one of the best ever recorded in Europe and with 19 clean sheets in the league, Bayern Munich are well and truly on course to win the treble. 

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