Brilliant Siovas ranked among Europe’s best defenders

Brilliant Siovas ranked among Europe’s best defenders

Dimitris Siovas of Leganes is ranked among Europe’s best centre backs this season for aerial duels won, with an 82% success rate according to CIES

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The colossal Greek centre back of La Liga club Leganes, Dimitris Siovas, is in career best form and this has not gone unnoticed. In a search conducted by football statistics group called CIES, Siovas is ranked among the best defenders in Europe this season, in terms of aerial duels. This is a testament to the season he is enjoying and it is no coincidence he has been recalled into the Ethniki after not featuring for several years.

The study by CIES pertained to Europe’s top five domestic leagues specifically and Siovas has won a whopping 105 aerial duels, losing just 23. This gives an 82% success rate, comfortably putting him in the top 10 in this category and the most efficient in La Liga.

Below is the top 10:

Marcelo Guedes (Lyon, FRA) - 136 duels won, 23 lost = 85.5%

Harry McGuire (Leicester, ENG) - 93 duels won, 16 lost = 85.3%

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, ENG) - 153 duels won, 29 lost = 84.1%

Shane Duffy (Brighton, ENG) - 133 duels won, 27 lost = 83.1%

Pablo Nascimento (Bordeaux, FRA) - 68 duels won, 14 lost = 82.9%

Christopher Jullien (Toulouse, FRA) - 86 duels won, 18 lost = 82.7%

Dimitris Siovas (Leganes, ESP) - 105 duels won, 23 lost = 82%

Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich, GER) - 70 duels won, 17 lost = 80.5%

Bruno Alves (Parma, ITA) - 98 duels won, 24 lost = 80.3%

Issa Diop (West Ham, ENG) - 103 duels won, 26 lost = 79.8%


by Nick Tsambouniaris

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