Defenders dressed as attackers..scoring and creating goals


In modern football – or what is known as “total football” – there are no longer defenders, midfielders, strikers and even goalkeepers, everyone has to play all roles on the pitch.

The goalkeeper has become a defender, a passer and a goal maker, and defenders score goals and create others, while attackers are required to perform defensive roles.

The defenders – who performed exceptionally this season – were the most prominent in the five major leagues:

  • Englishman Reece James (Chelsea): He scored 4 goals and assisted the same.
  • Portuguese Joao Cancelo (Manchester City): Scored 2 goals and assisted 5 others.
  • England’s Alexander Trent-Arnold (Liverpool): 6 assists.
  • Canadian Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich): 5 assists.
  • Spaniard Jordi Alba (Barcelona): 5 assists.
  • French Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich): 4 assists.
  • American Sergio Dest (Barcelona): 3 assists.
  • Englishman Ben Chilol (Chelsea): 3 assists.

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