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Tweet Wars: Who’s better between Joao Cancelo and Trent Alexander-Arnold

The last three seasons in the Premier League have been a duopoly of dominance to say the least. Manchester City and Liverpool have divided the honours of winning the last three seasons of the top flight of English football amongst themselves, as both sets of supporters have enjoyed a very competitive rivalry between Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s outfits.

One of the most prevalent debates is about the calibre of the players of both sides when compared to each other – the most recent debate of which has involved fullbacks Joao Cancelo and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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Cancelo and Alexander-Arnold have undisputedly been two of the best fullbacks in the league for the last couple of seasons. But a recent debate has sparked online regarding which of the two right-backs are better, with both sets of fans coming to the aid of their favoured fullback’s ability while talking down the other.

The contrasting positions of the two teams has also been a factor in the debate – while City are on their way to clinch their third league title in four years, Liverpool are bang in the middle of statistically the worst ever title defence in Premier League history.

Cancelo is far more complete

City fans have come up with the argument that while Cancelo has undisputedly been the better fullback this season, he is also a more complete player than Alexander-Arnold.

While Trent is known to excel at crossing and Liverpool make it a point to help him make his pin-point deliveries quite often, he is accused of lacking defensive awareness – making Cancelo a more complete customer with his creative ability, defensive prowess and positional awareness.

The City fans’ argument is assisted by Cancelo racking up better numbers than Dani Alves and Phillip Lahm under Guardiola – two of the best ever right-backs in history in their own right.

Trent has been the best right-back in the world since 2018

Liverpool fans have retorted to their rivals by stating Alexander-Arnold’s decorated individual honours at a very young age.

The English fullback has been a part of the PFA Team of the Year as well as the FIFPro World XI on two occasions each, has been a Ballon d’Or nominee, and has most recently won the PFA Young Player of the Year for his exploits in Liverpool’s title-winning campaign last season.

Alexander-Arnold has also racked up some extraordinary numbers when it comes to goal involvements – he has a total of 25 direct goal contributions since the start of last season – which is undoubtedly, an incredible return coming from a fullback.

Liverpool fans have also pointed out the fact that while City’s Portuguese fullback might be in a better vein of form of late, Alexander-Arnold has been one of the best fullbacks in the world for a longer period of time.

Conclusion

Even though the debate rages on, a common standpoint that both sets of fans can agree on is that Cancelo and Alexander-Arnold are two of the very best in the league in their positions, and give their respective teams an advantage in most games – be it in the league or in Europe.

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By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Living and breathing everything regarding the beautiful game for a decade. Avid follower of all things football, with a soft corner for the Blues.

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