Chris Sutton slams BBC pundit for selecting seven Tottenham players in combined XI with Chelsea
By Amir Mir
Chris Sutton has slammed BBC pundit Rory Smith for selecting seven Tottenham players in a combined XI with Chelsea.
The Chief correspondent for the New York Times had selected a 4-2-3-1 formation, with striker Harry Kane leading the line ahead of Spain international Diego Costa.
At this moment in time, Chelsea are seven points ahead of their London rivals in the table, with seven matches of the Premier League season remaining.
The two teams have been the most consistent, both defensively and offensively, this term as they are on course to finish in the top two.
Here is Smith’s comments on his combined XI and why he wouldn’t select Blues centre-back David Luiz.
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“I have gone for four Chelsea and seven Spurs,” Smith told the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio Five Live.
“Courtois, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Rose. I wouldn’t trust David Luiz in a back four. Kante and Dembele then Hazard, Alli, Willian and Kane.”
Former Celtic striker Sutton then issued this response to Smith as posted on his personal Twitter account.
“Seven points clear at the top are Chelsea, yet Rory Smith has only four of their players in a combined XI with Spurs,” questioned Sutton.
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) April 10, 2017
Both Chelsea and Tottenham have played each other on two occasions this season, with the duo recording wins on their own patch.
In the first meeting of the campaign at Stamford Bridge in November, the home team inflicted the first defeat of the season on their rivals.
Playmaker Christian Eriksen had given his side the lead before Pedro and Victor Moses had helped their team pick up all three points.
In January, attacking midfielder Dele Alli netted a brace as Spurs earned revenge, with the duo to meet once again in the FA Cup semi-final on Aprill 22.
It is likely that Chelsea will lift the Premier League title under Antonio Conte, but Spurs will be hoping to stop them from winning the double.
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