Kalidou Koulibaly Produces The Best Goal-Line Clearance Of The Season

Kalidou Koulibaly showed just why he was named the best defender in Serie A last night when he produced one of the greatest goal-line clearances we've seen in recent times.

With Napoli leading 2-0 in the 67th minute, Inter looked like they'd pulled one back when Lautaro Martinez curled the ball past Orestis Karnezis in the Napoli goal.

Yet out of nowhere, Koulibaly displayed some quite incredible instinct and anticipation by somehow getting back in behind his keeper to stop the ball going over the line.

There was some serious pace and whip on the ball, leading to the Senegal international falling right into the net. But he still managed to conjure up the most awesome piece of defending. When they use the phrase 'reading the game', this is exactly what they mean.

And the genius defensive recovery proved crucial, as runners up Napoli ran out 4-1 winners and moved onto 79 points for the season.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Koulibaly, who joined Napoli back in 2014, has grown to become one of the best centre-backs in world football and appears to have no weaknesses in his game.

He has two equally effective ways of dealing with PSG and France hot-shot Kylian Mbappe, whether it be shoving Marco Rui onto him or matching the 20-year old 1v1.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti put Koulibaly alongside the likes of Maldini, Nesta, Cannavaro, Ramos, Thuram and Terry - and 'The Wall' has shown what a complete defender he is.

Just look at his assist for Lorenzo Insigne back in November - or the many training ground screamers Napoli have posted on their social media accounts.

Koulibaly was the subject of a €100 million bid from a Premier League club last summer according to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis but he's probably worth double that now.

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