Europe’s Second Tier Teams With The Best Defence

Europe’s Second Tier Teams With The Best Defence

ABIODUN APENA

While playing in the second tier and securing promotion could prove to be a daunting task. Except for teams who are ready to pull the chestnut out of the fire.

In that sense, any team who is ready to secure promotion must possess a potent attacking forward and likewise a defensive solidity in other to return to the top-flight and enjoy what the big teams enjoy.

So today on Sportyleagues, we’ll chronicle the top five second tier teams with the best defence.

Espanyol – (Spain, 10 Goals, 21 Matches)

Europe's Second Tier Teams With The Best Defence

The Catalan side might not be playing in the topflight this season, having suffered relegation in the 2019-20 LaLiga season. However this campaign they started their season like a house on fire in the Segunda Division.

Espanyol and Real Mallorca are the current front two teams in Spain’s second tier, and with such form the Catalan side have only conceded 10 goals in 21 games so far. With this kind of defensive solidity, we should expect to see them back in the topflight come next season because they’ve been quite impressive this season.

Espanyol lost one of their key player Rocha to Bayern Munich in summer, however that didn’t deterred them from souring higher as former Rayo Vallecano pair Raul De Tomas, Adri Embarda and the entire team have been central to the Catalans impressive form this campaign both in attack and defence.

Real Mallorca – (Spain, 10 Goals, 21 Matches)

Europe's Second Tier Teams With The Best Defence

Like Espanyol, like Real Mallorca, Los Bermellones are second behind the Catalan side on the table, and that clearly shows why both team have conceded the fewest goals so far this season with just ten goals conceded.

Los Bermellones are also part of the team that couldn’t safe their season in the 2019-20 campaign, as they went down relegated to the Segunda Division. However this campaign, they’ve shown with swift and impressive performances that they’re really mean business in returning to the top-flight come next season.

Despite Los Bermellones losing their boss to Espanyol, which many thought such decision in letting Moreno leaves might hurt them having been with them since 2017, guilding them from the third tier of Spanish football back to the top tier. However, with Mallorca now second on the log, they could perhaps say they made a right decision in letting him go with how they’ve been so impressive defensively in the league.

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Europe’s Second Tier Teams With The Best Defence

Swansea City – (England, 13 Goals, 23 Matches)

Europe's Second Tier Teams With The Best Defence

In the whole of Championship, Swansea City’s defensive record this season as been quite incredible. The Swans has been able to concede just 10 goals in 23 games which makes them rank among the teams with the lowest total goals conceded in the Championship in their 23 games so far this term.

The defensive solidity of Walsh side is so impressive, plus how they’ve been able to shut out opposing team has been so remarkable. When they lost one of their trusted marshal in defence to injury, it’s look like they would struggle with their backline conceding lot of goals, but surprisingly they were able to turn things around.

With Swansea City’s iron clad defence still very much strong and tough, we could conclude that the fewer goals they’ve conceded this season has brought to fore how great their defensive fortitude has been, which is no doubt the driving force behind their success this campaign.

Europe’s Second Tier Teams With The Best Defence

Leganes – (Spain, 14 Goals, 20 Matches)

Europe's Second Tier Teams With The Best Defence

Life in the Segunda Division could be very hard, especially with lot of teams also fighting hard to get back to top-flight where the main thing happened.

Leganes pressed hard enough for a goal against Real Madrid last season, which could have kept them up in the topflight, but unfortunately the goal never came as they were relegated to the Segunda Division.

With life in the second tier looking pretty difficult, especially with the task ahead of them which is to return to LaLiga. Leganes currently sit in 6th position on the table with good defensive record. Should they continue in such manner scoring goals, picking up points, and protecting their rearguard well they might end up been one of the team who would qualify to the top-flight.

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Europe’s Second Tier Teams With The Best Defence

Sporting Gijon – (Spain, 15 Goals, 21 Matches)

Europe's Second Tier Teams With The Best Defence

Like Leganes, like Gijon, both teams are currently plying their trade in the Segunda Division, the only thing that differentiate them is their position on the log, Gijon sit in fourth position while Leganes sit in sixth.

In that sense, as the race to secure promotion to LaLiga becomes tougher day by day, it is of great importance for teams who ready to fight till the end to posses a great defence and attack always in other to protect their rearguard, and likewise empower their attacking third, because both attack and defence wins a game or perhaps a title for a team.

Gijon are currently fourth on the league table, as such they need to be weary of themselves not losing focus on the league, and most importantly securing promotion to the top-flight come next which would definitely be their main priority as the games come tick and fast.

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