PREMIER LEAGUE – After the first 19 days of the Premier League, LoveSportBuzz English team draws up its typical best 11 players team for the first half of the season. And, in a championship where the show is in order, it is an ultra-offensive scheme that has been retained.
As the saying immediately, difficult to have a team balanced at the end of this first part of the season. Not necessarily known for its tactical discipline, the Premier League has still seen its offensive players shine at mid-season. And the choices in front were so corneal that they were only partially made.
By presenting an ultra-offensive 4-3-1-2, the first-team Premier League season team produced by LoveSportBuzz’s English editorial team is enticing on paper. Zoom, item by item, on the choices made.
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
Having returned very well since the arrival of Antonio Conte, the Belgian goalkeeper became master again in its surface. Air, decisive and master of the events, he directs the best defense of the Kingdom, quite simply. De Gea, Pickford or Heaton, excellent, can only bow.
Rear-right: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Three names emerge in this position. But the irregularity of Kyle Walker, less sovereign than last year, and the wound of Hector Bellerin took César Azpilicueta to the top. Still ultra-regular, he is one of Antonio Conte’s favorite players for his versatility.
Right center back: David Luiz (Chelsea)
Yes, you read correctly. David Luiz, the former Paris defender not necessarily sovereign. After a calamitous debut, the Brazilian, since moving to three behind, became a boss. His revivals feast London wingers and his faculty duel puts everyone in agreement. If the Blues are hermetic, there is no stranger.
Central Left Defender: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)
Pardon Laurent Koscielny but the hype van Dijk passes ahead. Very solid with Arsenal, the French would have deserved to appear in this defense, in the same title of Toby Alderweireld or even Michael Keane. But the imposing van Dijk is one of the revelations of the season and scares all the biggest clubs in the kingdom. Solid and good raiser and impregnable in the air, he mastered the codes of Premier League with an ease that challenges.
Left Rear: Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Difficult to find more performant in this position than Danny Rose. The English international, two goals and two assists, is involved offensively but has progressed defensively with the Spurs to be now impossible to circumvent. James Milner remains on the pitch, as does Ryan Bertrand.
Defensive Midfielder: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
Not to be missed. The Frenchman, dazzling with Chelsea, brought all the balance that the Blues lacked. It presses, recovers, directs and projects itself. In other words, it is everywhere. Fernandinho, very good with City, undergoes the expenses of a Kante at the top.
Right midfield: Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
Seven goals and seven assists. Look no further, Adam Lallana is the most decisive medium of the Kingdom. The style of play set up by Jürgen Klopp, while pressing, corresponds perfectly to his qualities and makes it unavoidable in the Reds system. Very good at the beginning of the season, Raheem Sterling has since turned off.
Left middle: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Perhaps it was the position that caused the most problems. Because, between Sadio Mané, Philippe Coutinho and Kevin De Bruyne even Mesut Özil, the suitors were numerous and all equally legitimate. Maybe even the Belgian, best passer de Premier League, is ejected a little unfairly. But a team is made of choice and the one concerning Hazard is hardly contestable. The arrival of Antonio Conte and the move to 3-4-3 propelled him into another sphere. 9 goals, 2 assists and this impression of ease that he releases, as against Bournemouth last weekend, make him a must.
Playmaker: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Yes, we know Alexis Sanchez is not a playmaker, but the profusion of inevitable attackers force Alexis to back down a rank. And not sure it hurts his productivity as he stuns the stats this season (12 goals, 7 assists). If Arsenal is still there, it’s thanks to him. Repositioned in the axis by Wenger, it is the number one asset of the Gunners without being reluctant to the defensive task, quite the contrary. A delight. De Bruyne (again), Eriksen or Firmino do not make the weight.
Right striker: Diego Costa (Chelsea)
What if it is currently the best striker in Europe? The question is not provocative as the striker of the Blues is currently the best of the Kingdom (14 goals). Still physically, Costa has erased some aspects of his game to turn into a lethal weapon. Precis, powerful and technical, the Brazilian of origin is well gone to lead Chelsea to the summit.
Left striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
Haters gonna hate. As always with Zlatan. After a calamitous start to the season, Zlatan was thought to be too old for English intensity. But with him, nothing is ever written. The Swede has regained the pace and now has a record of 12 goals at mid-season. His experience and talent continue to set fire to. As for Sergio Agüero, he lost his place in the eleven after his tackle of karateka on Luiz … Lukaku, Kane or Defoe are a tone underneath.
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