Whatever happened to defending? Why every European big club looks shaky at the back this season

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It's a wonder that that defence won last season's Champions League. Joshua Kimmich, granted, is one of the best right-backs on Earth. But aside from him, Bayern Munich fielded a 20-year-old Canadian winger, a left-back playing out of position and a post-pace Jerome Boateng. It hardly screams "European champions".

Despite concerns over Hansi Flick's cut-and-paste Bayern backline though, no one seriously troubled the Germans in Portugal. It proved itself to be a unit that could function together despite its unconventionality, like a rag-tag team of crime-fighting misfits who'd never sit on the same table in the school canteen. But the fact still remains. Every team who faced Bayern last season saw the back four as the biggest weakness. 

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