Alli, Wanyama and Fabregas omitted: Best combined Tottenham and Chelsea XI
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama and Cesc Fabregas would be among the casualties of a starting line-up comprised of the best Tottenham and Chelsea players.
Spurs face Chelsea on Wednesday night at White Hart Lane as two title contenders clash in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are currently fourth in the league table and will be desperate to close the 10-point gap to leaders Chelsea.
Spurs have won their last four games to leapfrog Manchester City into fourth, while their upcoming opponents have remarkably won their last 13 league matches and will break a Premier League record with another victory.
The two London rivals are blessed with immense talent this season and young star Alli is a huge omission from the combined XI, which is set out in a 3-4-1-2 formation to accommodate the best players.
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Hugo Lloris just edges Thibaut Courtois out as the goalkeeper, with Spurs and Chelsea boasting the best two defensive records in the Premier League this campaign.
The Blues shot stopper has been in sensational form this season, but Lloris just gets the nod due to his consistency for many years.
The three-man defence sees the likes of Gary Cahill, Jan Vertonghen, John Terry and Eric Dier miss out on a spot in the combined side.
Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz have been in brilliant form this season, while Toby Alderweireld is regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the division.
Spurs pairing Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are the best picks at full-backs and would provide great energy to the side ahead of Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso.
The defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante is an automatic pick due to his incredible work-rate and ball retention, while Dembele is chosen as the box-to-box midfielder in the side.
England international Alli is emerging as one of the best youngsters in the Premier League and has scored four goals in his last two league games, but Dembele gets the nod as the box-to box midfielder as he can defend and attack.
The midfield has some huge omissions from it, with the likes of Wanyama, Fabregas, Nemanja Matic all missing out.
The front three are automatic picks as Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Harry Kane have been in sensational form this season.
Hazard would be used in a free role behind the forwards and he has been back to his best form this season, scoring nine goals and supplying three assists in 21 appearances.
Costa and Kane have scored a combined 26 goals across all competitions this campaign already and two of the most feared strikers in England.
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