With one of London’s biggest modern derbies approaching, here is a look at what the XI would (probably) look like if the best players of each team were put into a standard 4-3-3 formation.
GK: Paulo Gazzaniga
The Tottenham backup goalkeeper was called into action after Hugo Loris suffered a horrific elbow injury a few weeks ago. Since then, he has solidified himself to be the starting keeper week in week out and has preformed admirably under new boss Jose Mourinho.
Although not the first pick early in the season, Emerson has solidified himself a place in Lampard’s blues through some impressive offensive play. The left back has also been a good defender, although Chelsea’s defensive record this season might suggest otherwise.
LCB: Kurt Zouma
Returning from a successful loan from Everton, Zouma seemed to not be ready to be a starting player for Chelsea. However, after Lampard showed some faith in the centre backs abilities, Zouma quickly found his feet and maintained a tackling success of 60%, with some mouth watering last ditch slide tackles
RCB: Toby Alderweireld
Although he has been a player rumored to leave Spurs in the coming summer, his revival under Jose Mourinho should not go unnoticed. He has achieved nearly 40 headed clearances this season alone and has also popped up with 2 assist for his team.
RB: Serge Aurier
Another player that has benefited from a change of management despite a rumored rift against Jose, Aurier averages a whopping 85% success rate out of the 34 tackles he has made this season. He has also been an effective aid in attack, putting in 53 crosses and 12 accurate long balls.
After a tough first season, Jorginho has become an important cog in Lampard’s squad. He has been known to conduct many of Chelsea’s movements and proves himself irreplaceable every game he plays. His awareness, vision and passing has granted him a spot on this combined XI.
One of Spurs star players and England’s number 10, Dele makes the cut ahead the likes of Mount and Kante due to his impactful season so far. Maintaining a 50% chance of scoring every game, Dele has been reliable whenever Tottenham have needed him and will definetly be in Lampard’s thoughts before the game.
Another Chelsea player who has evidently improved considerably than the previous season. Kovacic’s skillful dribbling has caught the eye of many, as he plays the vital role of pulling Chelsea out of danger and often threading the perfect through ball. He also has recently scored a couple goals, so anything is possible at this point
The American made the move to the Premier League last summer and after a rocky start has established himself a solid position in Chelsea’s XI. His speed, dribbling and decision making has been phenomenal so far, standing him out as one of the star players Jose will definitely keep an eye on.
Son optimizes the winger every forward wants to play with. He has made many dummy runs and unselfish decisions to aid his teammates. Besides that, he has also proven himself to be a skillful player in his own right and definetly deserves a spot in this combined XI.
Dethroning England’s current starting striker, Tammy Abraham has grabbed everyone’s attention. He currently stands at 11 goals for Chelsea this season, two ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane who has scored 9. He has also been an effective player when it comes to holding up the ball and is definitely a dangerous aerial threat.
That’s my Combined XI ahead of Tottenham vs Chelsea. Leave your thoughts.