No Room For Higuain, Sane, Or Walker: Our Combined Manchester City And Chelsea XI
Manchester City can create their own history this Sunday when they try and retain the League Cup at Wembley against Chelsea.
In honour, The Sportsman has come up with combined XI from both teams. Feel free to disagree but take a gander below and see for yourself.
Despite his astronomical fee, the Brazilian Ederson has proven himself to be one of the best goalkeepers in the league, and if he continues on this trajectory, one of the best the Premier League has ever seen. Peerless in his delivery of the ball and partial to the odd spectacular save on occasion
DF: Aymeric Laporte
Get back in bed Virgil van Dijk. For our money, Laporte - at one time City’s record signing - should be considered the best defender in the league, with superb passing accuracy and proven versatility at filling in at left-back.
DF: John Stones
Not one player in the Chelsea back-line holds a candle to the Yorkshire lad, who is likely to form a formidable partnership with Laporte in the near future and is a strong contender for the armband.
DF: Cesar Azpilicueta
With Kyle Walker’s form dipping - and only 18 months after a £50 million move from Spurs - let’s band in stalwart Cesar Azpilicueta in there. ‘Dave’ is a born leader who makes the grade thanks to Vinnie Kompany’s advancing years.
No Fernandinho, no Guardiola success. Simple as. We dare you to name another player as vital to the set-up as the Brazilian. Just don’t call him underrated. If you know anything about football ,you know he aint.
MF: N'Golo Kante
Though he may have cost Chelsea £32 million, compared to the £5.6million he had cost Leicester City from Caen, consider this an absolute bargain. Undeniably one of the best defensive midfielders seen in the Premier League and still the only outfield player to win back-to-back titles.
MF: David Silva
MF: Kevin Bruyne
Wrongly neglected for PFA Player of the Season last year, the Belgian has been beset by injury this season but his quality is undeniable. Just a simply beautiful player to watch who chips in with the odd thronker an simply sublime pass.
MF: Eden Hazard
Not long for the Premier League it seems with him batting his eyelashes at Real Madrid, so makes sense to include him while we can.
MF: Raheem Sterling
It’s with extreme regret that we can’t include Bernardo Silva, who has been arguably Manchester City’s best player this season, whose workrate is incomparable.
But Sterling’s stats speak for themselves: 15 goals and 15 assists so far this season in all competitions. Stunning.
FW: Sergio Aguero
Best striker in the history of the Premier League. Discuss.