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Best defensive/central midfielders in the Bundesliga of the 2023/24 season so far

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Here are the best defensive/central midfielders in the Bundesliga of the 2023/24 season so far, according to Kicker.

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


The German football magazine recently released its winter rankings based on performances in the first half of the 2023/24 season.

Below you'll find the defensive/central midfielder rankings.

World Class:
None.

International Class:
1. Granit Xhaka, Leverkusen
2. Exequiel Palacios, Leverkusen


National class:
3. Leon Goretzka, Bayern
4. Xaver Schlager, RB Leipzig
5. Rocco Reitz, Gladbach
6. Angelo Stiller, Stuttgart
7. Joshua Kimmich, Bayern
8. Anton Stach, Hoffenheim
9. Ellyes Skhiri, Frankfurt
10. Amadou Haidara, RB Leipzig
11. Florian Grillitsch, Hoffenheim
12. Kevin Kampl, RB Leipzig
13. Patrick Osterhage, Bochum
14. Hugo Larsson, Frankfurt


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