Juventus
    08.01.2014 19:22 - in: The team S

    Chiellini, Europe’s finest

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    A recent report published by the CIES Football Observatory names Giorgio Chiellini as Europe’s best defender

    Giorgio Chiellini has fended off noteworthy competition to be named as the best defender in Europe by the CIES Football Observatory, an independent body dedicated to statistical analysis.

    Various parameters were taken into consideration by the key performance indicator system used to rank players, with Chiellini’s abilities to recover the ball and rigour shown in protecting and supporting his fellow defensive cohorts allowing him to come out on top.

    The 29-year-old, who recently celebrated his 300th appearance in the black and white stripes, is joined in the top ten by Leonardo Bonucci (fourth) and Andrea Barzagli (seventh).

    Juventus are also well represented in other areas: Arturo Vidal (third) and Paul Pogba (eighth) find themselves among Europe’s finest midfielders, while Carlos Tevez trails Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in the top frontman category.

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