Tackling is a dying art, right? Wrong.
The Bundesliga is full of players who love to fly into a tackle, whether they are operating in the centre of the park or battling away in the heart of the defence.
Of course, those who do fly into tackles must walk a disciplinary tightrope, but the risk is often worth the reward as players who wear their heart on their sleeve are very much appreciated by the fans.
Last season, FC Koln’s Ellyes Skhiri ruled the roost among the Bundesliga tackles, completing 83 in total as he eventually helped keep his side in the German top flight via the relegation play-off. He finished six ahead of second-placed Martin Hinteregger of Eintracht Frankfurt, while Union Berlin’s Christopher Lenz completed the top three, with his battle helping secure European football for the current campaign (though he has since joined Hinteregger in Frankfurt).
Three back, joined on 71 tackles, were Diadie Samassékou and Daniel Caligiuri to round out the top five, with the latter doing his defending from an advanced position having played as a winger for Augsburg.
The bottom half of the top five were a lot closer, separated by just two tackles, starting with Maximilian Mittelstädt and Xaver Schlager on 66. Mittelstädt’s inclusion in the top 10 is made more remarkable by the fact that he played just 1,800 minutes, as many as 1,000 fewer than some of the players whose company he is keeping.
Jeremiah St. Juste, Manuel Prietl (both 55) and Wataru Endo (64) complete the top 10 for last season, but who will reign for 2021/22?
Keep track of the top 10 tacklers below as the campaign progresses.
Most tackles Bundesliga 2020/21 season: Final table standings
Players with the same amount of tackles are separated by minutes played.
|9th||Jeremiah St. Juste||65||2,880|