Picking a Combined XI of Chelsea & Tottenham Players Ahead of Sunday’s Crucial London Derby

All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon when Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur in a colossal clash which could go a long way towards deciding the fate of the Premier League’s top four.

Last season’s champions Chelsea know anything less than a win could spell the end of their Champions League qualification hopes, while Spurs will be desperate to put an end to their dismal record at the Bridge.

With little to call between the two sets of players, let’s take a look at a fictional combined XI ahead of Sunday’s showdown.

1. GK: Thibaut Courtois

This one really could have gone either way.

Chelsea and Spurs boast two of the Premier League’s finest goalkeeping talents, with very little to call between which shot stopper you’d rather have in between the sticks.

The fact that the two are level on 13 clean sheets apiece this season says it all, with deciding between these two largely coming down to personal opinion.

We’ve narrowly leant towards the Belgian here.

2. RB: Kieran Trippier

Since the departure of Kyle Walker to Manchester City last summer, Spurs full back Kieran Trippier has stepped up incredibly well to fill the void left by his countryman.

The £23m acquisition of Serge Aurier could do little in the way of ousting Trippier from the team as – injury aside – Trippier has been an ever present in Spurs’ Premier League back four this campaign.

Defensively sound, Trippier has proven himself going forward as well, providing four assists so far this season.

3. CB: Cezar Azpilicueta

Cezar Azpilicueta has a strong case for being the Premier League’s biggest bargain signing of recent times.

Brought in as a right back from Marseille for a reported £7m in 2012, Azpilicueta has morphed into one of the league’s best centre backs as part of Antonio Conte’s back three.

The Spaniard’s leadership qualities have been noted too, as in the absence of club captain Gary Cahill, Azpilicueta resumes the role of skipper and is likely to do so again on Sunday.

4. CB: Davinson Sanchez

With Toby Alderweireld missing large periods of the season through injury, Colombian Davinson Sanchez has established himself as the main man at the heart of Tottenham’s defence.

Eyebrows were perhaps raised when Mauricio Pochettino splashed a reported club-record £42m on the former Ajax man, however his performances in the Premier League show him to be an impressive acquisition.

Rumours of Real Madrid’s interest say a lot about the young defender’s debut season in England.

5. LB: Marcos Alonso

Despite Ben Davies’ impressive performances for Spurs this campaign keeping Danny Rose out of the side, newly capped Spain international Marcos Alonso gets the nod at left back.

In a side with much attacking impetus, the Spaniard fits in well having played most of his Premier League football as a wing back.

No game exemplified Alonso’s qualities going forward better than when Spurs and Chelsea met at Wembley in August, with Alonso bagging a brace – including an outstanding finish direct from a free kick – in a man of the match performance to win the game for the Blues.

6. CDM: N’Golo Kante

Back-to-back Premier League winner and last season’s PFA Player of the Year N’Golo Kante needs no introduction.

A tireless workhorse who shields Chelsea’s back three expertly well, Kante is consistently at the top of the charts for distance covered with his individual accolades a pleasure to see considering players of his type are very often the unsung heroes.

Every top team needs a Kante-esque midfield engine room so his inclusion into this XI should come as no surprise.

7. CDM: Mousa Dembele

Despite an inconsistent start to the season, Mousa Dembele’s form since the turn of the year has proven the Belgian to be one of the Premier League’s outstanding individual players. 

Deceptively strong, Dembele is equally sound in his defensive duties as he is going forward with his ability to seemingly glide past opposition players effortlessly with the ball at his feet.

A central midfield pairing of the Belgian alongside N’Golo Kante would rival any other in world football.

8. RM: Willian

Willian is enjoying his finest season in a Chelsea shirt to date in terms of goals and assists, having bagged 13 goals in all competitions and provided a further eight assists.

A regular for the Brazilian national side, Willian has been one of the Premier League’s most consistent performers since his move from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, even if his Chelsea side have been anything but consistent.

The winger’s brilliance was there for all to see during Chelsea’s Champions League first leg clash against Barcelona last month, as Willian produced an exceptional performance to outshine the likes of Eden Hazard and Lionel Messi.

9. CAM: Christian Eriksen

Like Willian, Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen has also been one of the league’s most consistent performers since arriving in the summer of 2013.

Eriksen has spent much of this campaign starting on the right hand side with the license to roam in-field, however his natural starting berth comes as a more central attacking midfielder – and that’s exactly where he would fit in in this XI.

Also deadly from set pieces, the great Dane would be an asset to any side.

10. LM: Eden Hazard

It would be impossible to leave Eden Hazard out of any Chelsea related combined XI. 

One of the most naturally gifted players of his generation, the Belgian is often touted as a potential successor to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne as the world’s best.

Naturally a left sided player, Hazard is currently adapting to Antonio Conte’s request to play in the false nine position. Whilst he hasn’t set the league alight in that role, the Belgian has still contributed a healthy goal return of 15 throughout this season.

11. ST: Heung-Min Son

A fit Harry Kane would walk into this side, as well as probably any other side in world football. 

Unfortunately, Kane’s injury ahead of Sunday’s fixture means we’re having to look for other options and – although not an out and out striker – Son Heung-min’s impressive form this campaign makes it difficult to look beyond the South Korean.

Mauricio Pochettino is likely to use Son as a central striker during Kane’s absence, having seen the former Bayer Leverkusen man bag 18 goals in all competition this season.

If Pochettino trusts Son as his main man up top, then we’re inclined to do the same.

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Manchester United Set to Beat Chelsea to Signing of Exciting Tottenham Hotspur Youngster

?Manchester United are eyeing a move for exciting Tottenham Hotspur teenager Nonso Madueke.

The 16-year-old midfielder turned down a two-year scholarship with Spurs, despite having a clear pathway to a first team that currently has a core of young English players.

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According to the ?Daily Mail, the England youth international prefers a move to Old Trafford and is currently at a youth football tournament on the continent with the Red Devils’ under-16 team.

United academy scouts have been tracking Madueke for 18 months, and the youngster is said to have linked up with a United contingent at the MIC Tournament in Spain.

However, a follower of the Manchester United academy has posted on Twitter that the youngster doesn’t appear to be in the squad at the tournament.

Madueke is an exciting prospect who is highly valued by academy staff at Spurs. The youngster was registered to play for Spurs in the UEFA Youth League – an under-19 competition that shadows the Champions League – this season.

The chance to join Manchester United may have been too good to turn down, with youngsters Scott McTominay, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford all flourishing having progressed through the under-18 team at Carrington.

The youngster attracted attention of scouts across England when he was named player of the tournament at the Sonnenland Cup in 2017.

When Madueke moves on, Tottenham will be due compensation due to the fact that they offered the youngster a deal.

Chelsea, who have had immense success at under-18 level in recent years, are said to be keen on bringing Madueke across London.

United won their opening game in the MIC tournament against FC Martinec 4-0 and thrashed Stryx Sports 13-0 in their second fixture.


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Magpies Starlet Hands Newcastle Huge Positive by Declaring Interest in Permanent Switch

Newcastle United loanee Kenedy has revealed he would be open to extending his stay at St James’ Park on a permanent basis after his temporary spell from Chelsea finishes at the end of this season. 

The 22-year-old has provided some much needed attacking-minded cavalry for boss Rafa Benitez since swapping west London for the north ?east in January; netting two goals and grabbing an assist in his six outings. 

And the Brazilian has stated to ?UOL that securing regular game time in the Premier League with the Magpies has opened his eyes to the possibility of making the move a long-term one come the end of this campaign. 

“This new stage with Newcastle’s shirt makes me very happy”, Kenedy said. “It’s very difficult for a player to stay a long time without playing, even more to get back in the rhythm of the Premier League.

“If it’s good for everyone, it would be a pleasure to continue wearing the shirt of this great team.”

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Although the 22-year-old attacker seems keen on forging a career on Tyneside, it would be expected that Newcastle retaining their Premier League status could well be a significant factor in any potential agreement. 

The Toon currently sit four points above Southampton, who occupy the final relegation spot, with eight games remaining. 

But with only two of their remaining top-flight fixtures coming against those in positions below them, West Bromwich Albion on April 28 and Huddersfield Town on Saturday, the possibility of falling into the drop zone is still a very real one. 

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Chelsea and Arsenal Lose Out in Thomas Tuchel Race as PSG ‘Agree Terms’ With Ex-Dortmund Boss

?Thomas Tuchel has reportedly agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain to take over from Unai Emery as the club’s manager this summer.

In a major blow to both Arsenal and Chelsea’s chances of landing him, the German has apparently opted to take up the reins at Parc de Princes with the riches on offer in the French capital.

The claim comes courtesy of ?Le Parisien and ?L’Equipe, who have both stated that Tuchel will replace Emery in the dugout once the 2017/18 campaign draws to a close.

Tuchel is said to have met with PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi in Qatar after the club’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of reigning champions Real Madrid in February and, after extensive talks took place between the pair during and after that initial meeting, a deal seems to have been struck.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund and Mainz boss will now manage outside of his homeland for the first time, but his decision to head to Ligue 1 instead of the Premier League will be terrible news to the ears of Chelsea and Arsenal.

The London duo had attempted to convince the 44-year-old to head to either Stamford Bridge or the Emirates instead this summer as the futures of Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger continue to be speculated about.

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Conte has been linked with a return to Italy over rumours that he is homesick and amid a backdrop of constant frustration over the Blues’ transfer policy – a factor that is said to have annoyed Chelsea’s board so much that they may look to sever ties with him in June.

Wenger, meanwhile, may also be allowed to leave earlier than his contract would allow him to. The Frenchman has come under intense pressure again this term for failing to mount a title challenge or secure any semblance of silverware for the Gunners.

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The 67-year-old penned a two-year deal to remain in place last summer but Arsenal could look to end that agreement 12 months early if they feel Wenger cannot take them any further.

Tuchel, who had also been linked with the Bayern Munich job, will now be tasked with leading PSG to Champions League glory as Al-Khelaifi eyes European football’s most prestigious trophy.


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VIDEO: Kylian Mbappe Sparks Rant From Olivier Giroud During Interview With French Reporters

Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud was left quite flustered during an interview with French journalists after someone else caught their attention.

The former Arsenal man was speaking after France’s 3-1 win over Russia on Tuesday and “flipped out”, via ?Birmingham Mail, at reporters while they questioned him.

Giroud had been dropped in favour of Kylian Mbappe, who scored a brace against the Russians, so he was possibly sick of the sight of the youngster. The reporters, however, were not and the Chelsea forward would notice their eyes shift towards his compatriot while he walked past.

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“You want to see him? Go see him then!” Giroud told them before storming off. He returned to the mics after one of the reporters said: “No, no, no. I talk to you, OK?” prompting him to continue on with the interview.

Giroud is known for being a little jealous of fellow strikers, having snubbed Alexandre Lacazette during a goal celebration back at Arsenal after the forward joined from Lyon last summer.


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