Mehdi Benatia’s biggest strength is his ability to read the game. Whether it is going into a tackle or timing his interception, the Moroccan is always aware of his position and ensures that he makes his move cleanly and swiftly. The timing of his tackles are always impeccable and the same can be said for his ability in the air, where times his jump to absolute perfection.
Another of his big strengths is his concentration. One key asset that a lot of defenders lack is the ability to stay focused right throughout the game. The 27-year-old’s powers of concentration are simply unbelievable and the amount of times he bails his team by simply observing what is going around him is simply sublime. Add to this, his knack of scoring crucial goals and providing telling passes from the back, and you have a complete center back, who can cover every blade of grass with great élan.