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I was going to put a ? instead of a ! at the end of the thread title, but I realised that it isn't a question, it is a fact. There is no doubt about it, AC Milan has the best defence in Europe (and probably the world).

18 goals in 30 Serie A matches is a great achievement, but probably not the best. Chelsea has conceded about 12 less in their league. But it is where it matters most, the Champions League, that Milan stands head and shoulders above the rest. After 10 matches, we've conceded only 3 goals. The first at home to Celtic, the second away to Barcelona (Nesta was off at the time) and the third also to Barcelona (Ronaldinho's amazing goal). Since then, 6 matches, 6 clean sheets. We held Manchester United in their own stadium, and were unbeatable at the San Siro 3 times in a row. Meanwhile, Chelsea conceded 9 goals just in their last 4 matches. Like us, they only let in 3 Group Stage goals, but since then they've let in 9. Juventus, another club with a strong defence, conceded 2 to Liverpool and 3 to Real Madrid. 6 in the last five UCL matches, after completing an amazing string of 5 consecutive clean sheets. But it's when they are scored that count, and the further in to the tournament that you concede, the worse it is for your team.

Dida has been absolutely tremendous for years now, but his form of late has been career best. The saves he pulled of against Inter were nothing short of amazing. Over both legs, he saved at least 6 or 7 thunderbolts, which probably would have resulted in at least 2 or 3 goals had a lesser keeper been in between the posts.

Cafu is excellent! it so good to see her career staying strong at the San Siro as he reaches the mid 30's, like so many other Rossoneri have done before. The man has two hearts, he never stops running and is still a solid defender. Who was there to continually intercept Adriano in the second leg? The World Cup winning captain of course.

Then there is the man that has been regarded by many as the worlds best defender for a few years now. His grace, timing and tackling is second to none, and he hasn't even reached 30 yet. Alessandro Nesta is his name, and he could very well become Milan's next captain.

Jaap Stam is The Rock. A mountain of a man, like Dida, this Dutchman has lifted his performances to another level as of late. His strength and size gives him a huge advantage, but he has the experience, poise and timing to stop the very best attackers. His performances against Man Utd and Inter Milan especially, have been sensational.

Then there is the one, the only, Paolo Maldini. Il Capitano! This man needs no introduction, he is simply the greatest left back that ever played. And even at 36 years old, he still finds it easy to control that left side of the field, defend magnificently and provide our strikers with some awesome crosses.

Other mentions go to Alessandro 'Billy' Costacurta, a 38 year old champion of Milan who still produces quality and consistancy when he enters the pitch. Giuseppe 'Pippo' Pancaro, another Italian veteran whose experience is vital. Unfortunately, form and injury haven't been his best friend this season, but we still appreciate him. Kahka Kaladze, the 27 year old Georgian left back, whose career has been interrupted by injury as of late, but he still does very important tasks when on the ground. Just ask Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo. And the forgotten man, Dario Simic. A key member of our 2002/2003 Champions League winning squad that season, he too has been crippled by injuries this season, but still has the respect of Milanisti.

Whilst many will look at the Milan side under Capello and marvel at their defensive brilliance, please do not forgot this current Milan side under Capello. 6 consecutive clean sheets in the Champions League's latter stages is a remarkable achievement, which only adds to the 2 brilliant seasons before that under Ancelotti.

FORZA MILAN!
 

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I can only agree, it's the best defence in Europe.:devil: But that does not mean it is inpenetrable, so lets not get overly confident.
 

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Great post Shev :star: :thmbup: :star:
 

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Super Post! :star: :thmbup: :cool:

In the UCL we are showing that we are all game with our defence. As the games get tougher the defence keeps raising its level! It is brilliant. One more thing that has to be noted is that Milan has continued to be the best side with the strike rate average in this competition. We are head and shoulders above the rest. Our shot's to goal's ratio has increased even more. :devil:

Saying that, the higher the standard the tougher the task to maintain it so we have to continue to strive to achieve that level and not drop off. We still have not won anything even though we have an incredible side.
 

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The Shev said:
Juventus, another club with a strong defence, conceded 2 to Liverpool and 3 to Real Madrid.
Small correction I know, but we only conceeded one goal to Real. We've conceeded 4 goals in the CL this season.

But that is besides the point. I think you are right about Milan having the best defence, altough I think Chelsea is close by. Ferreira's injury has hurt them also lately.

The defence itself is not the only reason though. It's also the fact that Milan plays the ball about better than Chelsea and risk less in transition. It's not possible to beat Milan's starting back four on individual quality though. It is an immense defence.
 

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I think as a player it is always good to know that your defense is solid. So as a midfielder, or attacker you don't have that worry in the back of your mind that if you happen to loose the ball the opponents will have a higher chance of causing danger to your goal. Having a good defense gives mental stability to the entire team.
 
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