DF: Mehdi Benatia

Anchoring the defence in this impressive XI is Benatia.

The Morocco international joined Italian giants AS Roma from Serie A rivals Udinese in July and he has been simply sensational ever since.

A dominant centre-back with a knack for scoring goals himself, the former Clermont man has forged a reputation as one of European football's most impressive defenders at the Stadio Olimpico - even as Roma have fallen well behind in the Serie A title race.

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