Vidic, Ferdinand (Man Utd) and Campbell (Arsenal).
Some of the top CBs of the PL era.
Who do you think was better at their peak? And what are your reasons?
Vidic. He used to be (still is?!?) an absolute monster. His performance in the 2008 Champions League Final was just immense, for example - as was Ferdinand's.
Vidic for me. Out of the 3 I wouldn't want to play against him. I think he would just break my head if I tried to head the ball whilst he was defending.
Vidic was imho the greatest CB in PL history. He had it all: pace, strength, unbelievable aerial prowess, monstrous tackling and that intimidation factor. He was the main reason why Utd only conceded 78 times from 06-07 to 08-09 - 114 games.
The Ferdinand/Vidic partnership was absolutely brilliant in its prime, but Campbell was one of the most well rounded defenders that I can remember. I think Ferdinand and Vidic were better at specific roles, but I'd go for Campbell in terms of wanting everything from a defender (speed, power, intelligence, timing).
If we're just talking generally about defenders in the Premier League era, Tony Adams would still be ahead of all three, probably. But as far as this thread goes, I'll say Campbell ... just.
He still is one of the best CB's in the world, but a few years ago, I'd say he was arguably the greatest CB ever (obviously it's hard to compare today with other generations).
Vidic>Campbell>Ferdinand, although Jaap Stam was better than all three of them.
If I were manager and I could use any one of them in my next game, I'd take Vidic, unless he had to deal with Torres.
Ferdinand was an absolute beast this season! For the amount of years that he's been going to still be at the top!
Also. didn't Rio go like two years without conceding a foul or something?