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Pair With The Most

By Desmond Ekwueme

Posted  217 Views updated 1 year ago

Central defenders are key to any team like any other players or roles they play.

Most times they form a strong unit from behind to give their teams cover and ultimately push for victory.

But most teams are not fortunate enough to have a pair of solid central defenders. It is either one is better and the other average.

Few times, we have seen teams with twin central defenders who become the Rock and Pillars of their team.

They form a perfect tag team that assures the goalkeeper and other teammates of a splendid performance in each game. They help to win.

The duo of Giorgio Chellini and Leonardo Bonucci of Italy showed this class in the recently concluded Euro 2020.

They brought their experience and friendship in Juventus to bear on their national team campaign which turned out a success.

They remind all of the duo of Fabio Cannavaro and Andrea Barzagli at the Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup who kept the defence safe and clear to help Azzurris lift the trophy.

Former Manchester United central defensive duo of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand equally come to mind here. They were the major attraction in Europe at some point.

French top class central defenders at France 98 World Cup, talking about Marcel Desailly and Laurent Blanc are another of such great example of quality pair in the heart of defence of a team which bring confidence into the squad each time it files out for a game or tournament.

Super Eagles of Nigeria also had the strong twin central defensive force of Chidi Nwanu and Uche Okechukwu who did brilliantly well at USA '94 World Cup.


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