2 thoughts:
1) it’s not just the interceptions you make at center-back, or the tackles that disrupt the attack. How many times do you force your opponent to pass sideways, or backwards, because the through-ball he *wanted* to play was smothered by your coverage on the breaking striker? How many times does the opponent pull up the attack because there’s no gap in the defense because you’re holding the line right where it needs to be, and there’s nowhere for the attackers to break it?

2) you make it sound like center-backs marauding forward is a recent invention, and yet you seem to have forgotten Beckenbauer towering over the competition — figuratively, if not literally — from ’67 to about ’75, when he was at the top of his game.

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