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Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea - Combined XI

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24 Nov 2018, 11:57 IST

RB: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Azpilicueta makes the eleven at the expense of Trippier
Azpilicueta makes the eleven at the expense of Trippier

Kieran Trippier would have been a guaranteed starter in our combined eleven if he had not picked up the groin problem that will rule him out of Saturday's clash against Chelsea. However, one man's loss is another's gain and Cesar Azpilicueta is an assured option at full-back ahead of Serge Aurier, although he is yet to recapture his best form under Maurizio Sarri.

The Spaniard has played every single minute of Chelsea's Premier League campaign so far this season, but he has not entirely been convincing on a number of occasions this term.

CB: Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

Antonio Rudiger has been a regular at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri and will add some much needed steel to the rearguard of our combined eleven. The German has made 14 appearances across all competitions for the Blues this season and scored during the Premier League clash against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

The 25-year-old is dependable in defence and a serious threat from set-pieces while also being adept in playing the ball out from the back, which makes him an invaluable asset to any team.

CB: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)

Alderweireld has been a central figure for Spurs since arriving in north London
Alderweireld has been a central figure for Spurs since arriving in north London

Toby Alderweireld gets the nod ahead of the other obvious contender David Luiz due to his astute awareness and better reading of the game. The Belgian has had to take the fair share of responsibility in defence for Tottenham this season after Jan Vertonghen's injury and has led by example despite the uncertainty surrounding his future at the club.

The 29-year-old, who has made 15 appearances across all competitions this season, is a regular for both club and country and also a guaranteed starter in our eleven.

LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

Marcos Alonso bagged a brace during the corresponding fixture last season when Chelsea snatched a late 2-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley. The Spaniard had been an ever-present under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge and has enjoyed an extended run under Maurizio Sarri despite Chelsea shifting to a back-four this season.

The full-back has been directly involved in six goals in the Premier League until now and is an alarming threat while going forward. Alonso does not have many competitors in terms of making it to our combined eleven as he has been head and shoulders above his compatriots this term.

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