The Best Centre Backs
The presence of skilled central defenders in front of a goalkeeper greatly facilitates their task. These defenders play a crucial role in preventing the opposing team from approaching your team’s goal in a dangerous manner.
Two attributes are particularly significant for central defenders: defending and physicality. A player with strong defending abilities has a higher likelihood of successfully dispossessing opponents and preventing them from reaching the penalty area. The physical attribute measures the players’ ability to use their bodies effectively in winning possession.
Global Overview (CB)
There are plenty of quality center-backs in this league, but, in our opinion, Tomori and Škriniar are the best ones. They are very strong, fast, and only de Vrij defends as well as them. Our preference goes to Tomori, who is faster, but the defensive skills of Škriniar are also impressive.
Far from the quality of these two, you can also use Kim Min Jae, Bremer, and Ibañez. The South Korean center-back was one of the good surprises this year. He is fast, strong, and has a much better work rate than Roma’s defender.
There is also Bonucci, who is a good defender but too slow for most of the teams.
The Best Right Backs
The role of Serie A right backs is similar to their counterparts on the opposite flank. Their primary objective is to make it challenging for opposing wingers and actively contribute to their team’s offensive strategies.
Defending and pace are crucial attributes for any right back in the Italian League. As defenders, they need to possess strong defensive abilities to minimize the risk of conceding goals.
Given the nature of play on the flanks, which tends to be faster than the central areas of the field, right backs need to be quick, capable of both defensive and attacking movements, and able to penetrate the opposition’s defenses. They play a vital role in supporting the team’s overall gameplay.
Global Overview (RB, RWB)
It’s not from today, but, as you probably know, there is a lack of quality on right backs from Serie A. In our opinion, Juan Cuadrado is still the best player in this position. He has the highest dribbling stats and the second-best pace and passing. Only Florenzi has better shooting than him. Unfortunately, Cuadrado is not as good on the defense.
There are players you may use, but your choice should consider their weak points:
- Danilo is slow and more focused on the defense.
- Dumfries, Kalulu, and Marušić have low passing stats.
- Lazzari is physically weak.
The Best Left Backs
The role of left backs in Serie A is similar to their counterparts on the opposite side. They strive to make it difficult for opposing wingers and actively participate in their team’s offensive strategies.
Defending and speed are essential attributes for any left back in Serie A.
As defenders, left backs need to possess strong defensive abilities to minimize the team’s vulnerability to conceding goals. Given the faster pace of play on the flanks compared to the center of the field, left backs must be quick, adept at both defensive and attacking movements, and contribute to the overall team gameplay through their incisive runs and defensive contributions.
Global Overview (LB, LWB)
There is more quality on the left side of the defense than on the right side, which isn’t difficult. However, there are only 16 left-backs from which to choose. It’s easy to agree that Theo Hernández is the best left back in three of the six face stats: pace, defense, and physical.
If you can’t pay Hernandez’s price, we suggest you try Spinazolla. He is also very fast and good at dribbling.
Between Gosens and Kostić, our third and fourth options, we go for the first. The Juventus midfielder has the lowest defensive skills of this group of players, making him better in the other areas of the field.