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Best defensive midfielders in the Bundesliga of the 2021/22 season so far

By Rune Gjerulff

Here are the best defensive midfielders in the Bundesliga of the 2021/22 season so far, according to Kicker.

Joshua Kimmich and Yussuf Poulsen.
Joshua Kimmich and Yussuf Poulsen.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Gabor Krieg

Every six months, Kicker releases a ranking of the best players in the Bundesliga as well as the best German players abroad, dividing them into a number of categories.


The German football magazine recently released their winter rankings based on the performances in the first half of the 2021/22 season.

Below, you'll find the rankings of defensive midfielders.

World Class:
None.

International Class:
1. Joshua Kimmich, Bayern
2. Leon Goretzka, Bayern
3. Ellyes Skhiri, FC Köln

National class:
4. Nicolas Höfler, Freiburg
5. Djibril Sow, Frankfurt
6. Robert Andrich, Leverkusen
7. Dejan Ljubicic, FC Köln
8. Florian Grillitsch, Hoffenheim
9. Denis Zakaria, Gladbach
10. Salih Özcan, FC Köln
11. Dennis Geiger, Hoffenheim


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