Casemiro is Real Madrid’s destroyer, the fighter that must be overcome as opposition attacks make their way towards Los Blancos’ goal. To reach Thibaut Courtois, you must first get past the obstacles that is the Brazilian midfielder, and he is proving to be the leader across LaLiga on a number of defensive statistics.
According to Opta’s LaLiga data, Casemiro is the player to have recovered the most balls (187), has intercepted the most passes (44), has made the most tackles (74), the most successful tackles (49), and fouled the most by tackling opponents (35). In the opposition’s half he has also recovered the most (68) (equalled with Mikel Merino) and intercepted 17 passes.
Casemiro’s tackling performance is especially prominent. In the 23 matchdays this season (of which he has played 21 games), he has 74 attempts, 20 more than the next player in the list. An impressive 66.2% (49) of these have been completed successfully.