No place for the outsiders this year: the FA Cup semi-finals gather four of the Premier League's top six in a couple of glorious clashes only English football knows how to produce. In the first of those semis, the two most serious contenders for the crown are facing each other as an unstoppable Tottenham is going to Stamford Bridge to meet Antonio Conte's Chelsea. What would the two best English teams this season look like as a combined XI? Spoiler alert: it'd be outrageously good. There was...
It was a very tough choice between the Spurs' Frenchman Hugo Lloris and his Belgian counterpart Thibaut Courtois. But Lloris' consistence wins him the spot in this combined XI by a short head.
The Spurs and France captain is crucial in both club and national team, making a strong though calm captain that manages to lead his partners to excellence. And he's not a bad goalkeeper, too.
Signed from Atlético Madrid in 2015, the Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld quickly became a crucial first team player for Tottenham, strengthening a Spurs defence that really needed it.
He's one of the best defenders in Premier League this season, making a really nice pair of impermeable Belgian centre-backs with the next player on the list.
The second Belgian defender for Tottenham was often touched by injuries since his arrival from Ajax Amsterdam in 2012. But when on the pitch, he always performed, quietly making himself indispensable for the Spurs.
Nothing like a good pair of complementary defenders to build a good team.
Back when he was playing for PSG, David Luiz was often mocked for his approximative defensive skills and his bad habit of getting nutmegged. His transfer back at Chelsea transformed him, only God nows how.
Defensive anchor of Antonio Conte's 3-4-3, the Brazilian is having one of his best seasons yet.
Fast, offensively enterprising, defensively effective: Kyle Walker has everything one would need to make a perfect right wing-back, a position he's occupied several times with Tottenham this season.
This was a close call between him and Victor Moses, but Walker being an actual right back gets him into the team.
From unknown to the best left-back in the Premier League real quick.
Big surprise in Chelsea's summer transfer window, Marcos Alonso came to London on tiptoes before trampling his way to the starting eleven. He's now absolutely crucial in the role of left wing-back in Antonio Conte's system, as Cesar Azpilicueta definitely got replaced to a centre-back position.
Because of how modern football thinks, he probably won't get the PFA Player of the Year award. But let's face it: if Leicester was sacred last season and Chelsea's running towards the throne after a horrific last season, he's a responsible for a big part.
He does everything in the midfield for Chelsea, getting balls back, launching attacks, always making the good pass. Always quiet and modest, but indispensable.
The third Belgian magician of Tottenham.
Mousa Dembélé's a very complete midfielder, both good on the defensive side and on the offensive side, and would be a perfect counterpart to N'Golo Kanté in this combined XI. He's been amazing this season for Tottenham, making the perfect chemistry alongside Alli, Dier and Eriksen.
Breaking through English football last season, Dele Alli did not miss the tricky step of the second season and confirmed he's one of the best - if not
the best - young players in world football.
His 16 goals and 7 assists this season in the Premier League make him one of the most decisive players in England. And one of the most complete, too.
After an absolute shame of a season last year, Eden Hazard is back on track.
Unburdened of defensive chores by the contribution of Marcos Alonso, he can nicely get back to what he does best: scoring goals and breaking defenders' ankles. And man, does he excel in that.
There was a tough choice to be made here between two of the star strikers in the league, Diego Costa or Harry Kane. But let's face it: although he doesn't look like much, Kane's one of the best strikers of the last ten years of Premier League. And that's a lot to say.
A proof? It's Harry Kane 3rd consecutive season with 20+ league goals. Only three players have done the same in the history of Premier League: Henry, Shearer and Van Nistelrooy. Not bad for his 4th season in career.