The player leads the stats regarding defensive actions
Thomas Vermaelen is absolutely recovered from his injury which prevented him to play during last season. After the match at San Mamés the player admitted he had forgotten it 100%. Analyzing his performance in the field, it is clear that Vermaelen will bring a lot this season.
The most active defender
Thomas Vermaelen was to player with more clearances —11 out of 31— and also the one to recover more —11 out of 71—, the same number of Mascherano. So he won the title of the most reliable defender.
When having to avoid danger (another way to defend), Vermaelen also accomplished his objective, since he only lost 1 ball—out of 35 of the whole team.
The referee whistled just one foul on Thomas Vermaelen. In a defensive mismatch, the center-back had to cut and stop the counterattack of Aduriz with a tackle. A veteran action to avoid worse problems. Vermaelen was shown yellow card.
The zones where Vermaelen played