He has to go down as the best defender of this era. While he isn't quite the best defender in the world, there's no centre back you'd rather have in your team. He's so incredibly vital.Looks like that Sergio Ramos injury time equaliser at the nou camp could well have won Real Madrid the league.
This can't be overlooked as a "he does that well". His goals alone have been instrumental for Real in more titles than I can bother to count.But for the important goals he scores
To hold Thiago Silva over Sergio Ramos is almost as outdated as saying Marcelo is iffy defensively. It might have been briefly true at some point but at this moment in time it's hard to imagine that it ever was.This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you invalidate your point before you've even made it.
Sorry EG but I'll have to go Bilo's way on this one. I'd rather have SG than TS in my team at this moment in time. He didn't play in the 1st leg against Barcelona (the one which we won 4-0) and we were fine at the back (helped by midfield superiority (no Rakitic for Barca)) and he was awful in the 2nd leg. This was typically a game where we needed a cool, experienced head to calm down the young boys in a rocking and electric Nou Camp and he didn't deliver. This basically proves that Bonucci and Chiellini are better defenders at least.Bonucci, Thiago Silva, Godin, Chiellini... there are loads. His disciplinary record is an embarrassment. But for the important goals he scores and the team he plays for he wouldn't even be in the discussion.
Barca have won 17 of their last 18 La Liga games. get your money on Barca! Madrid's midfield and attack still not at their fluent best. Expect some more performances lacking energy, motivation and dropped pointsGirona is in Catalonia, right?
edit: Just watched the La Liga standings and Real is 8 points behind Barca after 10 matches.