EPL 2016/17: Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur – Combined XI
Chelsea will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the final Premier League game on Saturday. Spurs will be eyeing their first win at Stamford Bridge in 26 years while Chelsea will do their best to extend their unbeaten run.
The London clubs had a heated match last season. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, and that also ended the title hopes for the Spurs. Despite going into the break with a 2-0 win over the hosts, Tottenham could not seal the game in the 2nd half. Then-Chelsea manager, Guss Hiddink brought on Eden Hazard at half-time, and that turned the tables.
Mark Clattenburg, who was officiating the match, lashed out 12 yellow cards as scenes turned ugly when Chelsea equalised late in the 2nd half. The Blues had taken complete control of the game and with Spurs desperately needing a win, jumped in and made some crunching challenges. Things got worse after the full-time whistle as Hiddink was brought down on the floor by Danny Rose, who admitted later on that the Tottenham players cried in the dressing room.
With all that fresh in the minds of the players, this weekend's fixture is set to be fiercely contested and should be a cracker of a match!
Chelsea play with a 3-4-3 formation while Tottenham go with a 4-2-3-1. To bring the best out of the two clubs combined, the formation I'm going with is 4-4-2. Here's the combined XI of the two teams:
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
The toughest choice that was to be made in the combined XI. In his last 6 Premier League matches, Courtois has kept a clean sheet but looking at it as a whole, it was all down to the Chelsea defence. The Chelsea keeper has had to make just a couple of saves in all the 6 matches, and that's why Hugo Lloris got selected in front of him.
Lloris has been in fine form for the last one year and has been one of the main reasons why Tottenham finished 3rd last season. This season too, he's managed to keep 4 clean sheets and many match-winning saves.
Spurs' keeper has made more saves this season than his Chelsea counterpart and has a better distribution success rate. Moreover, the French International has also managed more passes and fewer errors leading to goals when compared to the Belgian goalkeeper between Chelsea's posts.