There’s not much between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea this season – just the one point in the Premier League – as they prepare to do battle at Wembley on Saturday.
A staple football fan debate is which players from their rivals would fit into their own football team and what a combined team would look like.
Tottenham and Chelsea’s strongest starting XIs are right up there among the best in Europe and any player looking to break into either of their ranks would have be top quality.
With that in mind here are the Blues players that we reckon would fit perfectly into Pochettino’s XI.
There’s really only one place to start. The combination of Eden Hazard with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli all providing the bullets for Harry Kane to fire home is mouthwatering.
The Belgian is one of the Premier League’s top stars and he terrifies defences whenever he’s on the ball. Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura have been in great form this season, while Heung-Min Son also brings plenty to the party, but Hazard would raise Tottenham’s game.
Kante’s workrate would certainly appeal to Mauricio Pochettino and he’s more mobile than the Spurs manager’s current options for the role.
He also know how to win Premier League titles and Spurs are lacking such a midfielder with experience in their ranks.
With Mousa Dembele’s best days appearing to be edging behind him, Tottenham need someone who can hold the ball and ensure they remain in possession under pressure.
The 26-year-old former Napoli man would slot in alongside Kante in this combined Spurs/Chelsea XI.
The would be a controversial one with Spurs fans who are not the biggest admirers of the Chelsea left back. Danny Rose has been beset with injury problems in the past 18 months and Ben Davies has struggled this season to recapture his fine form of the last campaign.
He does also have a habit of saving some of his best performances for when he faces Tottenham. Players have turned out for both Chelsea and Tottenham before but this would probably create more of a backlash than any before.
The Croatian has been on Tottenham’s radar for many years, since his Dinamo Zagreb days.
Spurs fans would have loved to sign Kovacic in the summer, but ultimately his lack of assists and goals means he’d probably miss out on the starting XI if the three above are getting in there, but he’d create some great competition in the squad.
This is one more for the Spurs fans who don’t rate Hugo Lloris, those who believe the World Cup winner is too prone to making gaffes in big matches.
It’s certainly not one for Pochettino though who is fiercely loyal to his captain and it would take a long string of horrendous errors for the Frenchman to ever lose his spot.