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Most tackles: Serie A 2021/22 season standings

By Ben Green

Published: 18:15, 30 August 2021

“Carlos Tevez told me that Italy is like a university for strikers,” Alvaro Morata once said. Indeed Serie A has cultivated a reputation for being the home of defensive excellence over the years.

In Serie A, a crunching slide tackle is met with as much revelry as a tap-in; a clean sheet celebrated in the same breath as three points; muddy shorts held in the same esteem as a hat-trick ball; Catenaccio — or “door-bolt”, a tactical system pioneered in Italy with an emphasis on defensive discipline — respected over any form of tiki-taka. In Argentina, Lionel Messi is the poster boy. In Italy, it’s Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Last season saw the landscape in Serie A drastically alter as Inter rocked Juventus’ iron throne to seal the Scudetto. But, there were some constants in the top flight across 2020/21, not least in the tackling department, as Serie A’s hard-nosed warriors got stuck in and lived up to their moniker as the “university for strikers”.

AC Milan’s Davide Calabria topped the charts with 101 tackles, the only player in Serie A to clear the triple digit mark, while the likes of Manuel Locatelli and Marten de Roon put in a shift further up the pitch, coming in at second and third respectively. Surprise candidates Adrien Rabiot and Tiemoue Bakayoko also made the top 10.

Premier League fans wouldn’t have been surprised to see Lucas Leiva also rank in the top 10, but will the former Liverpool hatchet man continue to snap at ankles as frequently in 2021/22? You can keep track of the top 10 tacklers below as the Serie A campaign progresses.

Most tackles Serie A 2021/22 season: Latest standings

Players with the same amount of tackles are separated by minutes played. 

Position Player Tackles Minutes Played
1st Petar Stojanovic 10 172
2nd Nicolas Dominguez 10 176
3rd Felipe Anderson 9 171
4th Pawel Dawidowicz 7 105
5th Fabian Ruiz 7 162
6th Marcelo Brozovic 6 156
7th Mikkel Damsgaard 6 175
8th Walace 6 179
9th Bartosz Bereszynski 6 180
10th Cristiano Biraghi 6 180

Most tackles Serie A 2020/21 season: Final table standings

Players with the same amount of tackles are separated by minutes played. 

Position Player Tackles Minutes Played
1st Davide Calabria 101 2,651
2nd Manuel Locatelli 81 2,885
3rd Marten de Roon 80 3,021
4th Giovanni Di Lorenzo 79 3,240
5th Morten Thorsby 76 2,647
6th Adrien Rabiot 72 2,313
7th Tiemoue Bakayoko 69 1,973
8th Lucas Leiva 68 2,156
9th Tomas Rincon 68 2,860
10th Juraj Kucka 67 2,343

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