CONFIRMED: Chelsea player has won the MOST defensive aerial duels in Europe

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has won the most defensive aeriel duels in Europe this season, proving Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was right to choose him as the partner for Thiago Silva.

CIES Football Observatory compiled a list of the 100 top players across Europe’s leagues who have won the highest percentage of defensive headers since the start of the campaign.

Zouma tops the list winning an incredible 26 out of 27 defensive headers – which equates to a success rate of 96.3%.

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Zouma just about pips Atalanta’s Berat Djimsiti to first place, with the Albanian centre back winning 22 out of 23 duels, working out at 95.7.

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is third on the list, having won 90% of his aerial battles, beating his man in the air 27 out of 30 times since the season begun.

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