Premier League All-Stars: Picking the Best Defense in the League

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IJanuary 22, 2011

Premier League All Stars: Picking The Best Defense in The League

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 7:   William Gallas of  Chelsea is challenged by Everton captain Kevin Campbell during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park in Liverpool on December 7, 2002. (Photo by Stu Forster/
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    The season is past halfway and so far it has been one of the most exciting in recent memory.

    With five teams still within their ability to claim the Premier League, it could not get any better than this.

    While United are looking the favourites to claim their record 19th Premier League trophy, the race is still open with Manchester City and Arsenal hot on the Red Devils' heals at the top of the league.

    The defenders have played a vital part in every team's performance this season, be it the Sunderland defenders whose exploits helped them to be be high up in the league standings, or the lack of defenders that cost defending champions Chelsea their lead upfront and saw them fall behind seven points from league leaders United.

    In the following slides, we take a look into the best defenders so far. The list is pretty small and everyone's favourite players might not make the list.

    So suggestions will be appreciated, and personal abuses will be met with same sincerity.

Nemanja Vidic

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16:  Aaron Lennon of Spurs attempts to cross the ball as Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United closes in during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on January 16, 2011
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    Manchester United's Serbian defender stalwart has been in top form this season.

    He has been the Red Devils' rock in defense so far. United have so far conceded the least goals in the Premier League and a major contribution for that goes to the bald-headed Serb.

    Be it breaking down attacks or foiling opposition's moves, Vidic has been very impressive so far this season.

    The 29-year-old has developed into one of the top defenders in modern football, and any dream team would be incomplete without him.

Leighton Baines

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    STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Leighton Baines of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at the Britannia Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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    His club might be struggling to stay in the upper half of the league at present, but this timid English defender has been very impressive.

    His club has been in poor form since the start of the new season, but the England international has been in peak form. With already three goals and seven assists for his team so far, Baines has been many of the reasons his team are not at the bottom.

    He easily runs down the flanks into opposition defenses to create chances for the strikers, and he is the main man in Everton's defense.

    This choice might not be liked by many, but denying this man a place in the list of best defenders would be a gross injustice.

Branislav Ivanovic

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge on January 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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    Chelsea's Serbian defender has continued his impressive form of last season into the new season, and he has been the only steady boat in the Blues' shaky and injury-plagued defense.

    The 26-year-old has played as a centre-back, right back as and when called up to do so and has done so in style.

    With Chelsea suffering an injury crisis, Ivanovic took control of Chelsea's defense and brought the stability in the absence of Alex and Terry.

    He faltered in a few matches though but yet made up for it by his performances later on. With three goals and two assists so far in the season, he also has been vital in Chelsea's attack.

    His performances against Fulham and Blackburn were very impressive and it is likely that the Serb might be given a new contract very soon.

Ahmed Elmohamady

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    SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16:  Newcastle player Fabricio Coloccini fails to stop Ahmed Elmohamady of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on January 16, 2011 in Sunderland, Eng
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    Sunderland's Egyptian right-back, who can play as a winger, too, has been a revelation these season.

    The 5'11" Black Cats defender has been one of the vital reasons for Sunderland's impressive form so far this season.

    His performances against Arsenal and Manchester City brought him the Man of the Match awards.

    The Egyptian has been touted as one the stars for the future and he has done enough to establish that such speculations are not untrue. He has been one of the most impressing youngsters so far this season.

    His brilliant reflexes, ability to run down the flanks at blistering pace and good techniques have made him a mainstay in the Sunderland defense as well as earning him a place in the list.

Kolo Toure

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    MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 15:   Steven Fletcher of Wolverhampton Wanderers competes with Kolo Toure of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the City of Manchester Stadiu
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    High-spending Manchester City's central defender has been on a high this season so far.

    Though he was stripped off City's captaincy, the ex-Arsenal man still remains an important part of City boss Roberto Mancini's plans. He is a regular in the defense and also a vital reason for City conceding less goals this season.

    He has been rock steady for the Eastlanders in the new season. His performances against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United were praiseworthy. Along with Kompany, the Ivory Coast international has let only a lucky few eye City's goal.