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Real Madrid and the best central couples in European football

The signing of Antonio Rudiger by Real Madrid has fueled the debate about which club has the best central duo in European football ahead of the sum


The signing of Antonio Rudiger by Real Madrid has fueled the debate about which club has the best central duo in European football ahead of the summer market; Consequently, and below, five pairs of top level defenders will be analyzed.

The arrival of Rudiger to Madrid will result in David Alaba moving to the left lane so that the German forms a central duo with Eder Militao. In this way, the meringues will be able to show off a really fast couple, with a great aerial game in both areas and with enough personality to go out with the ball dominated from behind.

Van Dijk and Konaté helped Liverpool win two titles in the final season

Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konaté complemented each other in a great way in a 2021-2022 season where Liverpool won the FA Cup and the League Cup, being runner-up in the Premier League and finalist in the Champions League, since the experience and category of the Dutchman was combined with the tenacity of the young Gaul. In addition, both defenders are physically prodigious and know how to defend in static and space.

While Ruben Dias is the leader of Manchester City’s defense, being a wall in one-on-one, Aymeric Laporte is one of those central defenders who has a notable exit from behind, coupled with a great aerial game. The duo was key for the “Citizens” to repeat the title in the powerful Premier League.

Despite the fact that Inter Milan usually play with a line of three in the background, including the young Alessandro Bastoni, the leadership behind the Skriniar-de Vrij tandem has been essential for the eleventh Nerazzurri to win Serie A again in 2021, after 11 years, and win the Coppa Italia in 2022.

If Villarreal won the UEFA Europa League in the 2020-2021 season and surprisingly reached the semifinals of the 2021-2022 Champions League, it was largely due to the solidity of Emery’s team in the two main European competitions, pushed by their duo of central defenders : Raul Albiol-Pau Torres. Although both defenders lack space speed, they handle timing exceptionally well, being unstoppable in static one-on-ones and dominating the aerial game in both areas. Manchester United (UEL final), Juventus and Bayern Munich have been three powerful squads that could not overwhelm the “Yellow Submarine” tandem of defenders in the last two courses.