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Best Chelsea/Man City Combined XI

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Right Midfield – Eden Hazard – Chelsea

This little Belgian wizard may not have had the most successful starts to a season this year but since joining Chelsea in 2012 he has been one of the stars of the Premier League and last season it was crowned by both winning the title but also winning the PFA Player of the Year accolade, voted for by his peers.

Celsea have generally since Hazard’s arrival played one man up top, usually Diego Costa and they have managed to be successful with this system thanks to the attacking prowess of the Belgian who not only creates the chances but pops up with his far share of goals too, weighing in with 19 goals in all competitions last season.

At only 24 years of age, the world is at Hazard’s feet and he is arguably yet to reach his peak. If he can stay injury free, he will remain on course to be one of the Premier League’s best ever players but there is also that chance that he may find suitors in Spain with Real Madrid or Barcelona, but the hope is there that his head won’t be turned. Whatever the case, lets just enjoy the Belgian and his flair for as long as possible.

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Centre Midfield – Yaya Toure – Manchester City

Another of the Manchester City linchpin’s, Yaya Toure has been a huge influence on City’s style of play and has been one of the greatest African imports the Premier League has seen. Now into his sixth season at the Etihad Stadium there was a fear last season that it could be his last but he has since turned the corner and looks back to his old self.

Toure is often given a free role in the midfield and switches from defensive midfield duties to attacking at the drop of a hat and is able to ghost in to score goals. Two season’s ago he was at his best, weighing in with 24 in all competitions and though he dropped off last season, which coincided with his sulk, he looks back to his old self already this season.

At 32 years of age he is not likely to get his big money move that he yearned for last season and so could quite conceivably stay at City for a few more years yet. If Manchester City are to win the Premier League title this season then it will likely be because of Yaya’s impressive displays in the middle of the park and as one of the core players at the club.

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Centre Midfield – Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea

Everyone knew just how good a player Cesc Fabregas was from his stint at Arsenal where he learnt his craft from an early age before embarking on a move to the Catalan giants, Barcelona. At the Nou Camp he continued to flourish in that outstanding team and learnt more about his game and improved further, if that was possible.

However the Premier League missed a player of Fabregas’s quality and most football fans would have been delighted to see the Spanish international back in England and becoming a major part of Chelsea’s resurgence to win the title under Jose Mourinho last season.

Fabregas’s role is different to what he has played in the past and last season weighed in with only three goals but his job now is to win the ball back and play it through to the attacking front-line of Chelsea and though he seems to have been around for an age, he is still only 28 and has plenty of years left yet to terrorize the opposition in the Premier League and Europe too.

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Left Midfield – David Siva – Manchester City

Another Spanish international is our final choice in midfield, but this time he plys his trade at the Etihad Stadium and has been a huge success for the club and another big part of Manchester City’s Premier League title’s in 2011/12 and 2013/14 as the flair in the side, often creating chances but also weighing in with key goals when it is needed.

Silva is a regular in the Spanish national team and has won two European Championships in 2008 and 2012 as well as winning the World Cup in 2010. However his importance to Manchester City cannot be underestimated and he is a big part of the core that see’s them consistently in the mix come the end of the season.

At 29 years of age, he still has a number of years at the top and there seems to be no inclination of a wish to move away from the Etihad Stadium so we will likely get to see the tricky little Spanish winger for a while yet and he is to Manchester City, what Hazard is to Chelsea, the flair that gives his side an added edge.

About Andy Moore

Andy is Chief Editor of The Sports Lowdown and a sports journalist by profession having written for both print publications such as The Sun, The Rugby Paper as well as various online digital sites such as The Aviva Premiership, The Women's Super League plus many many more.

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