All over the world, football fans have their own opinions of who the best players in the world are in different positions. Centre-back is no different, as people dispute who is the best.
Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva, Gerard Pique, John Terry, these are just four of the many names that are heard when people discuss the world’s best centre-backs, however in my opinion it is none of these, for me the world’s best centre-back is the brilliant Vincent Kompany.
The Belgian’s have a knack of creating some of the best players in the world, just look at players like Eden Hazard, and in defence , they may just have created the world’s best in Kompany.
But what makes him so good?
Well there are many aspects of his game that make him so good, however before looking at individual aspects, just look at the stats, as they tell you all you need to know.
City win over 50% of their matches when their influential captain plays, however when he doesn’t play, their win percentage falls below 50% as the step down in quality of their next centre-back is huge.
That stat in itself shows you just how important Kompany is to Manchester City, however their performance in the Manchester derby, tells you the story.
Kompany was one of the stars of the show in the 4-1 thrashing of Manchester United, the thing that makes his performance even more impressive, is that it was his first league game back from injury against one of the best teams in the division.
All afternoon he made brilliant defensive decisions. He was well positioned for blocks and crosses, and was responsible for keeping out United when they did manage to get behind the City defence.
Not only was his positioning great, his marking was top class. Whenever Wayne Rooney got the ball, Kompany came close to him, and got the ball away from the United striker. Kompany marked tight when he needed to but also stepped away when he needed to, in order to make blocks.
But why does this make him the best centre back in the world?
Well the consistency of his decision making is better than almost every other centre back out there. While defenders like Sergio Ramos might always step in for the ball, sometimes getting caught out or committing a foul, Kompany seems to always assess the situation and take the best course of action, for the best result for his team.
His slide tackles and strength are better than most other centre backs out there, and he uses both to great effect helping set up counter attacks for his team, whereas a lot of other defenders would commit fouls using their strength and tackling.
All in all, Kompany has great decision making, great defensive positioning, amazing strength and top quality tackling. However he is consistent, imperative to have in the team and an all-round beast on the pitch. Added up, in my opinion, makes Vincent Kompany the best centre back in the world.
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