Seven Tottenham starters: Best combined Spurs and Chelsea XI
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham would boast seven stars in a best combined XI with Chelsea players.
The two London rivals clash on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-finals and are also competing against each other for the Premier League title.
Antonio Conte’s Blues have been the runaway leaders for most of the season in the league and have looked a real force since the introduction of the 3-4-3 formation.
However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now just four points behind them in the title race and have all the momentum after winning their last seven consecutive league games.
Here, Football Insider picks a star studded XI comprised of the best Spurs and Chelsea players.
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Spurs’ number one Hugo Lloris would just edge out his opposite number Thibaut Courtois in goal, despite the pair both keeping 13 league clean sheets so far.
The French international has more experience in the top flight and has been marginally the more consistent shot stopper in recent seasons.
Chelsea regulars David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta would make up two thirds of the defence, with the pair both in outstanding form this campaign.
Meanwhile, Spurs ace Toby Alderweireld will fill the last spot and the likes of Gary Cahill, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier would be omitted.
Both sides have been so effective in the full-back areas this season and that has aided them hugely in being the two top teams in English football.
Chelsea pair Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso have been outstanding this campaign in the wing-back areas, but just miss out in the combined XI.
Spurs duo Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have become recognised as the best full-backs in the Premier League, but the latter will be unavailable for the FA Cup tie on Saturday due to injury.
The two midfield slots sees the likes of Nemanja Matic, Victor Wanyama and Cesc Fabregas miss out on a starting berth.
However, Spurs’ powerhouse Mousa Dembele is included due to his strength, technical ability, and the impact he has had at White Hart Lane recently.
Meanwhile, Chelsea workhorse N’Golo Kante is an automatic pick in the combined XI and should go on to win the PFA Player of the Year award.
The Frenchman was pivotal in Leicester’s unlikely title triumph last season and has made another major impact at Chelsea since his summer arrival.
That leaves an attacking trio of Eden Hazard from the Blues, with Spurs pair Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
England internationals Alli and Kane are fast developing into two of the best young players in Europe, scoring goals on a consistent basis in the Premier League.
Chelsea attacker Hazard is probably the most talented individual in England’s league and deserves a starting spot, meaning the likes of Pedro, Willian, Christian Eriksen, Diego Costa and Heung-Min Son are omitted.