HEAD-TO-HEAD: Kompany v Terry - Who played better on Sunday?

Manchester City and Chelsea's 1-1 draw saw some resolute defending from both sides, so which centre-back performed better?

Kompany V Terry

Manchester City’s match against Chelsea was arguably the biggest game of the Premier League season to date, with many tipping the two sides to be first and second come May.

In what order remains to be seen, but it was clear from the way they approached the match that losing was not an option. In the end, neither side had to worry about that, with Andre Schurrle’s goal cancelled out by late substitute Frank Lampard.

But for all the attacking talent on show, it was the two sides’ defenders who really impressed, keeping multi-million pound front-men out at both ends.

As you can see from the statistics above, both players excelled in different areas, but who was the top defender from Sunday’s match?

Kompany won five tackles for City, while Terry did not win any for the visitors. The former England international did however make six effective clearances compared with Kompany’s four.

Both men made three effective headed clearances but Kompany won eight duels – four times as many as Terry – and three interceptions compared with one from the Chelsea star.

The City skipper also had a vastly superior passing accuracy – 96 per cent compared to Terry’s 88 per cent.

The only other area where the Chelsea man outdid his City counterpart was in terms of aerial battles, with Terry winning two and Kompany just one.

In short, the City star was better on the day but both players have reasons to be happy as they played their part in ensuring a hard-earned point.

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