A combined lineup of the best players from these London giants.
Much will be made of the meeting of Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho this weekend, with the two Portuguese coaches sharing a long history of working together and apart at the likes of Porto and Chelsea. But there will also be some great football on display from some of the country’s best players. In our latest and one of the more challenging Combined XIs series, we look at the best combination of Tottenham and Chelsea’s talented stars.
Petr Cech – With these two sides arguably boasting two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, it is a very close call between Petr Cech and Hugo Lloris. Still, the long-serving Chelsea shot-stopper just edges out his Spurs counterpart for his sheer longevity at producing the goods at this level, helping the Blues to immeasurable success since joining the club in 2004.
Branislav Ivanovic – Although Kyle Walker is great to watch on his day, with his pace and attacking enthusiasm from the back, Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic just edges him out here for being a more solid and consistent option, and arguably a more productive member of his side’s attack as well, as he has become well known for getting forward to good effect and providing goals and assists.
David Luiz – A controversial choice perhaps, but there’s no doubt that the Brazilian centre-back is a special talent. Not always known for sticking rigorously to his defensive duties, but Luiz is still a fine defensive leader on his day, and of course he can provide exceptional quality going forward, with an eye for a pass and a fierce long range shot as well. Again, plenty of good players miss out on a spot here, such as the ever-reliable Gary Cahill and Michael Dawson.
Jan Vertonghen – Another player with great ability going forward from the back, Jan Vertonghen is perhaps the best defender from either team at the moment. The Belgian signed for Spurs from Ajax last summer and fit in immediately as a key player for Andre Villas-Boas’ side. Incredibly, the three defenders mentioned so far scored 21 goals between them last season.
Ashley Cole – Still one of the best defenders in the country after all these years, Ashley Cole is an easy choice at left-back for this side ahead of Tottenham’s inexperienced Danny Rose. Still able to do a great job at the back and going forward, Cole would get into most starting elevens in the world, and deserves his place in this London lineup.