It was not that much of surprise as ex Chelsea players formed large part of Jose Mourinho’s best XI of players he has managed in his career.The current Spurs manager chose eight Blues, with seven of those featuring in his first stint at the Bridge.
As reported by AS in March, Petr Cech, John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho and William Gallas were all picked and it’s obvious as the side conceded just 15 league goals in the 2004/05 campaign.Javier Zanetti was also picked to fill in the right-back position as he played an exceptional role in Inter success in the Serie A and Champions League triumphs in Mourinho’s second season in Italy in 2010.Mourinho opted for a 4-3-3 formation and two Chelsea players were included in the midfield trio.Frank Lampard, who is the fifth top scorer in Premier League history with 177 goals, surely makes the XI.
Frank Lampard won back-to-back Premier League titles under Mourinho
Behind Lampard is the hugely dependable Claude Makelele, who made the holding midfield role cool during his time at Stamford Bridge. It is widely said probably Kante will make the role better.
Mesut Ozil, who was in the peak of his career during his Real days under Mourinho, contributing a ridiculous 54 league assists between 2010 and 2013 completed the midfield trio.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who fell out with Mourinho at Old Trafford, was unsurprisingly left out of the team.
Mourinho has managed lot of brilliant attackers but he can only pick this time around and they are frightening.
Eden Hazard, who is currently struggling with fitness at Real Madrid occupied the left wing.
Hazard’s electric attacking displays spearheaded Chelsea to the title in Mourinho’s second season back at Stamford Bridge, winning the Player of the Season award in the 2014/15 season under his guidance.
And of course, Didier Drogba, who was made by Mourinho himself after signing from Marseille leads the attacking line.
Completing the line-up is none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, who enjoyed his three most prolific seasons in under the wing of his fellow Portuguese, scoring an astonishing 168 goals in 164 games.
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