Could this combined Premier League team win the Champions League?

first_img Centre forward: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – Kane is now firmly established as one of the best strikers in the world, off the back of winning the Premier League Golden Boot for the second successive season. He has scored 94 goals in the last three seasons, and netted 35 times in just 38 appearances in 2016/17. He did only score two European goals last season, and needs to prove himself in the Champions League, but no one truly doubts he will make the step up this term. 12 12 12 Left back: Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) – Like Walker, Rose has developed under Mauricio Pochettino into an elite level full-back. He has yet to reach the level of Alex Sandro, David Alaba or Marcelo, but he is certainly in the second tier of players. Marcos Alonso of Chelsea and James Milner of Liverpool are his closest competitors, though they are nowhere near as rounded a player as Rose. 12 Centre back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) – Easily one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League, Alderweireld remains slightly below the level of some of Europe’s best. Alongside Jan Vertonghen, he has formed a superb defensive partnership. The likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Bailly and Vincent Kompany rank in behind the Belgium international. Centre attacking midfield: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – Still only 21, Alli is already a superb player who looks likely to just keep improving with age. He is already one of the best goalscoring midfielders in Europe, and Alli will be central to any success Spurs enjoy in the future. Given the progression in his development since moving to White Hart Lane, it won’t be too long before the Englishman establishes himself in the European elite. 12 Centre midfield: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – The best player in the Premier League last season, Kante was vital to Chelsea’s title success, a year after helping Leicester to their shock silverware. Though he has no European pedigree, having never played in either the Champions nor Europa League, no one is really doubting he will excel when the Blues return to European competition next season. Victor Wanyama is a close second to Kante in terms of ball-winning midfielders, but falls short of the PFA Player of the Year. Verdict: Could this team win the Champions League? – Based on talent alone, this team could win the Champions League. It is extremely strong all the way through, with the spine of De Gea, Alderweireld, Kante and Kane arguably the best in Europe. The front four can all score themselves, or create chances for others, while the midfield pair of Kante and Pogba has been proven to work in the France national set-up. There is not one clear area of weakness, and these 11 players would match up with any squad in Europe. 12 12 12 Centre midfield: Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – Despite his slow start to the season, Pogba established himself a key player at Manchester United towards the end of the campaign. He is undoubtedly one of the most naturally talented footballers throughout Europe, and he proved his ability in the Champions League playing for Juventus. He will only get better with age, and before too long Pogba should universally be accepted as the best midfielder in the Premier League. 12 Right attacking midfield: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – A hotly contested position, Hazard takes his place in the front three ahead of Sadio Mane, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and any one of Manchester City’s numerous wingers. The Chelsea star has proven himself in both European and domestic football, and enjoyed arguably his best season under Antonio Conte. At his peak he is the best player to watch in England, and it is no surprise both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain like the look of the Belgium star. Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Manchester United) – Though De Gea’s 2016/17 season was not as exceptional as his previous two campaigns, the Spain star remains one of Europe’s best keepers. There are few clubs who would not want to sign De Gea, and it was easy to choose him ahead of closest competitors Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea and Spurs’ Hugo Lloris. 12 Right back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) – Walker could be swapping one Champions League club, Tottenham, for another if a transfer to Manchester City goes through this summer. He has developed under Mauricio Pochettino into an elite level full-back, and has a fair claim to being one of the best in Europe alongside Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal and Dani Alves. Centre back: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) – Though Alderweireld is generally regarded as the better of the pair, it was Vertonghen who enjoyed a superior 2016/17 campaign. It seems unfair to include the former and not the latter when they combined to form the most impressive defence in the Premier League – conceding just 26 goals in 38 matches. English teams have struggled in the Champions League in recent years, with Chelsea’s 2012 victory the last time a Premier League side reached the final.In fact, since that historic night in Munich, only two teams have reached the semi-finals of Europe’s premier competition.Of the 20 entrants into the Champions League from England since then, the Blues made it to the semi-finals in 2013/14, while Manchester City reached the same stage in 2015/16 before losing to eventual winners Real Madrid.It is hard to accept just how poor the English teams have performed when taking to the European stage, especially considering the talent in the division.But, could a combined Premier League team win the Champions League? talkSPORT have decided upon a line-up featuring players from the clubs qualified for next season’s competition (Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United), and assess whether it could succeed in Europe’s premier competition.So, could this team win the Champions League? Click the right arrow, above, to see the XI and comment with your answer below… 12 Left attacking midfield: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – Being targeted by Barcelona is a big enough sign you are one of Europe’s best, and Coutinho has been tracked by the LaLiga giants for a number of months. He enjoyed a wonderful season, though his consistency continues to prove a big issue, and Liverpool would be in dire straits if they lost the Brazil star. 12last_img

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