Ex-Everton star says Kompany is better than Terry, but the stats say different

Vincent Kompany v John Terry: Head to Head: : 20150129

Kevin Kilbane believes Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is better than Chelsea’s John Terry, but the statistics say otherwise.

In an interview with premierleague.com, Kevin Kilbane argued that the reason John Terry looks as if he’s getting better and better is due to Chelsea’s system and that Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is in fact the better of the two players.

The 37-year-old described Kompany as ‘probably the best defender in the Premier League’ before explaining that the Belgian doesn’t get the same defensive support as his Chelsea counterpart.

Nevertheless, as shown by the statistics, the former England captain is head and shoulders above Kompany in all but two aspects – touches per game and interceptions per game.

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  PositionTeamTackle Win %Duel Win %Aerial Win %Pass Accuracy %AppearancesMins Played
John Terry DF Chelsea 84.4% 77% 73.3% 91.3% 22 1,980
Vincent Kompany DF Man City 76.2% 51.8% 59.3% 89.3% 14 1,246

The percentage table also proves that despite often being pinned as a ‘kick and head’ defender, the Blues skipper is more composed on the ball and is more efficient in challenges in the air and on the floor.

Although, as is often the case, the statistics may not tell the whole story, and both Terry and Kompany are undisputedly at the very top of their game at the minute and probably are the best two central defenders in the Premier League.

On Saturday, due to both sides' attacking quality, the victory could well rest on the shoulders of both these experienced defenders, but who will come out on top remains to be seen.

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