The Italian league is among the top five best in the world. The Serie A had played host to some top players like Kaka, Paolo Maldini, Ronaldinho, and currently boast of some the highly-rated players like Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the league’s defence has been a solid rock and rated among the best in the world. Here are five best defenders in the Serie A for the 2019/2020 season.
Top 5 Best Central Defenders in Serie A 2019
This list is made up of the top centre-backs in the Italian League, and is in no particular order.
1. Kalidou Koulibaly – Napoli
Kalidou Koulibaly is the number on our list. The Napoli defender was named the best defender in the Serie A last season. He was outstanding in defence for the Partenopei, making more than 100 clearances and won over 65% of his total tackles in the 2018/2019 season. His passing ability is of high quality and has always been consistent. His defensive form has put him on the radar of top clubs across Europe.
2. Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus
Chiellini is known for his versatility and aggressiveness in defence. He has been the rock for Juventus’ defence. He has the experience and strong in the air. He can read the game quickly, make good interceptions, precise tackling ability and speedy. His defensive ability has helped the Old Lady claimed the Scudetto eight times. At 35 years, the Italian has been irreplaceable for Juventus. Despite his advancing age, Chillieni is still very instrumental to Juve’s 2019 Champions League title push.
3. Milan Skriniar – Inter Milan
Skriniar has been in fantastic form for Inter Milan. The Slovakian has formed a solid partnership with Stefen de Vrij in defence. Skriniar has been able to establish himself as one of the best defenders in Europe. The 24-year-old is calm on the ball, strong in the air and a good tackler. He has a high passing completion rate and can read the game accurately. He can withstand pressure from oppositions and covers well for his teammates.
4. Alessio Romagnoli – AC Milan
Alessio Romagnoli has been the defender to beat for AC Milan in their back four. The Italian has been consistent with his performances. At only 24, he has been impressive and standing up to physical challenges. He has been likened to former Lazio and Milan star Alessandro Nesta. He stood out despite the poor performance of Milan.
5. Armando Izzo – Torino
Armando Izzo has been instrumental to Torino’s strong backline. He scored four goals and helped his team reached the 7th position in the Serie A last season. He can play the ball out from the back, win the ball and breaks down attacks. He is also strong in the air, winning more than half of his aerial battles.
Andrea Cistana – Brescia
Chris Smalling – AS Roma
Stefan de Vrij – Inter Milan
Fabio Lucioni – Lecce
Simone Iacoponi – Parma