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The Bundesliga's best full-backs and defensive midfielders in the 2018/19 season so far

By Bulinews Team

Kicker has ranked the best Bundesliga full-backs and defensive midfielders in the first half of the 2018/19 season.

Joshua Kimmich.
Joshua Kimmich.Photo: Granada, CC-by-SA 4.0
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 four categories: 'World Class', 'International Class', 'In the Wider Circle' and 'Field of Vision'.

Today, the German sports magazine has released their evaluation of the Bundesliga's best full-backs and defensive midfielders based on their performances in the first half of the 2018/19 season.

According to Kicker's evaluation, Bayern München's Joshua Kimmich has been the best full-back while Borussia Dortmund's Axel Witsel tops the list of defensive midfielders.

Here are the rankings:

Full-backs:

World Class:
None.

International Class:
1. Joshua Kimmich, Bayern München
2. Nico Schulz, Hoffenheim
3. Filip Kostic, Eintracht Frankfurt
4. Jerome Roussillon, VfL Wolfsburg
5. Danny da Costa, Eintracht Frankfurt

In the Wider Circle:
6. Lukasz Piszczek, Borussia Dortmund
7. Achraf Hakimi, Borussia Dortmund
8. Pavel Kaderabek, Hoffenheim
9. Valentino Lazaro, Hertha BSC
10. Philipp Max, FC Augsburg
11. Lukas Klostermann, RB Leipzig
12. Christian Günter, SC Freiburg
13. Marcelo Saracchi, RB Leipzig

Field of vision (ranked alphabetically):
David Alaba, Bayern München
Ludwig Augustinsson, Werder Bremen
Thedor Gebre Selassie, Werder Bremen
Michael Lang, Borussia Mönchengladbach
Nordi Mukiele, RB Leipzig
Oscar Wendt, Borussia Mönchengladbach


Defensive midfielders:

World Class:
None.

International Class:
1. Axel Witsel, Borussia Dortmund
2. Thiago Alcantara, Bayern München

In the Wider Circle:
3. Thomas Delaney, Borussia Dortmund
4. Lars Bender, Bayer Leverkusen
5. Diego Demme, RB Leipzig
6. Tobias Strobl, Borussia Mönchengladbach
7. Jonathan de Guzman, Eintracht Frankfurt
8. Pierre Kunde, Mainz 05

Field of vision (ranked alphabetically):
Mahmoud Dahoud, Borussia Dortmund
Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Mainz 05
Florian Grillitsch, TSG Hoffenheim
Janik Haberer, SC Freiburg
Dominik Kohr, Bayer Leverkusen


Click here to see how Kicker ranked the Bundesliga's full-backs and defensive midfielders last summer.


Kicker's winter rankings at other positions:

The Bundesliga's best goalkeepers and centre-backs in the 2018/19 season so far

The Bundesliga's best offensive midfielders in the 2018/19 season so far

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