Fantasy FA Cup: Chelsea Greatest XI v Tottenham Hotspur Greatest XI - Who Wins?

Chelsea and Tottenham meet at Wembley this Sunday for the second semi final, but who do you think would win if their greatest XIs faced up? And who do you think would make those teams?
Avatar:
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
7
Chelsea and Tottenham meet at Wembley this Sunday for the second semi final, but who do you think would win if their greatest XIs faced up? And who do you think would make those teams?

404

Chelsea and Tottenham meet at Wembley this Sunday for the second semi final, but who do you think would win if their greatest XIs faced up? And who do you think would make those teams?

Chelsea’s Greatest XI by Laurence Ettridge

GK: Petr Cech

In my opinion still the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. Granted he has spent most of his time working behind one of Chelsea’s best defences but he has consistently pulled off superb saves when called upon – not to mention coming back as good as ever after that horrific head injury. 10

LB: Ashley Cole

Despite perhaps being one of the most hated men in football, Cole’s contributions down the left have been outstanding for Chelsea. Reliable in defence and always making strides to get forward – he probably puts in a harder shift than any other player. 10

CB: John Terry

Captain and talisman. What JT maybe lacks in agility these days he makes up for with his experience and reading of the game. A great presence on the pitch and has successfully marshalled one of the best defences the Premier League has seen to three league titles. 9

CB: Marcel Desailly

Often known as “the rock” Desailly provided a formidable strong presence in the heart of the Blues defence for six years and won an FA Cup in the process. 8

RB: Ron “Chopper” Harris

Just a little before my time but the recommendations of my dad have been duly noted to include a few Chelsea legends. Chopper appeared just shy of 800 times for the club, which is obviously a great service. He was often noted for his physical approach – particularly in the FA Cup final in 1970. 8

CM: Claude Makelele

He made the defensive role his own under Mourinho. In recent years the formation with a holding midfielder has by far worked the best for Chelsea and none have taken on the role as well as Makelele. He rarely ventured forward of the halfway line but achieved a 100% shots to goals ratio in the 06-07 season (one shot, one goal). 10

LM: Gianfranco Zola

Not many will ever look as good in a Chelsea shirt as Gianfranco Zola. Anchored by Makelele I can see him cutting in from the left at will, both creating and scoring in my hypothetical mang*sm of a team. An absolute boyhood hero, he was incredible – on the ball, from set-pieces, everywhere. The best.  10

CM: Dennis Wise

An almost purely nostalgic choice here. Wise was a little terrier of a player who Sir Alex Ferguson once described as being able to start a fight in an empty house. But seeing Dennis lift the FA Cup in 1997 as captain is a joy of a childhood memory. 8

RM: Alan Hudson

Another dad recommendation here. Hudson was an Osgood-era playmaker and played in every game in the lead up to the final in 1970 – in this diamond formation no doubt he would have been able to create great service to the front. 9

ST: Peter Osgood It doesn’t even take my old man to point me in the direction of this Chelsea legend. Peter Osgood – “The King of Stamford Bridge” and the only player to have a statue erected at the ground, he won the FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup and scored over 150 goals for the club. 10

ST: Jimmy Greaves Yes, Torres has just missed the cut – would you believe it? I’ve decided to complete my 11 with another Chelsea legend. Although he won no trophies in his time at the Bridge he still holds the club record for the most goals scored in a season with 41. 9

Chelsea Total: 101

Tottenham’s Greatest XI – by Sifaeli Tesha

GK – Ray Clemence

The curtain was coming down Ray’s career around the same time I realised that professional football was not like school where goalkeepers were chosen because they were the worst on pitch. When I think of Tony Parks, Erik the Viking, Walker, Robbo, Gomes et al I’ve got clear memories of them throwing one in over their shoulder at some point. All I remember about Clemo was that he had massive hands. 8

RB – Steven Carr

Like a milky Roberto Carlos, Carr saved, made and scored goals. He was Tottenham Hotspur’s best player for a period in the late 90s and was gearing up for the inevitable exodus to Man U until he suffered a knacked knee in 2001. Was never the same player after that and went on to be rubbish for Newcastle, which was nice. 8

CB – Ledley King

For ten years I’ve been trying to instigate a chant to the tune of 10cc’s ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ that goes ‘I don’t like Ledley, oh no, I LOVE HIM’. For some reason it hasn’t caught on but that doesn’t make it any less true. If knee transplants were available at the beginning of the century Deadly Ledley would have 50 England caps and we would’ve lost him to a European giant. In reality having Ledley at the back has convinced Tottenham Hotspur fans you can stick Sol Campbell up your bum, which can’t be easy. 10

CB – Graham Roberts (C)

If I’d made this list on July 1st, 2001 it would be big Sulzeer partnering Deadly. But I didn’t and that’s why Roberts gets the nod. A man made of granite with an iron will, Roberts lead by example during our most successful period of my lifetime. He played like a fan in a Spurs shirt and was a nutcase. What’s not to like? 9

LB – Gareth Bale

Probably not the best left back I’ve seen at the Lane but with the quartet of greats ahead of him in midfield it’s the only way the Welsh wizard would get in the side. Another forward thinking player in this attack minded dream team adopting the rarely used 1-0-10 formation. 8

RW – David Ginola

With Gallic flair and that head of hair David was born to play for Tottenham Hotspur. During the dark days of the late 90s when a decent cup run and good performance against Ars*nal is all most Spurs fans wanted out of a season (and still never got) Ginola was a rare beacon of hope. It was a horrible time, with double agent Graham in the dug out serving up turgid, functional football. Ginola’s flamboyant style off the pitch and PFA player of the year performances on it were our only connection to our ‘Glory Glory’ past. 9

CM – Paul Gascoigne

In April 1991, on a sunny afternoon in Wembley, Gazza made Barry Davis say, “Is Gascoigne going to have a crack? He is you know. Oh I say that is…schoolboys own stuff” as he smashed in the best free kick the old stadium had ever seen past David Seaman. He obviously did loads of other stuff that makes him worthy of a place but the joy I felt after that swing of his right foot is more than enough. 10

CM – Glenn Hoddle

A magician who was more dexterous with his feet than most people are with their hands, Hod Almighty is the reason I support Spurs. Bags of skill, flair to burn and an eye for the spectacular; Glenn was the archetypical ‘Spurs player’. Put simply he’s the most naturally gifted Englishman to play in colour. Despite looking like a lesbian Desperate Dan and coercing Waddle to do Diamond Lights, Hoddle will forever be the ‘King of White Hart Lane’. 10

LW – Chris Waddle

Revered by Marseille fans as much those at Spurs, the Waddler is an absolute hero. The enduring memory of the lad who used to work in a sausage factory in Gateshead is of him always looking tired, marauding down the wing, dropping his shoulder and ghosting past defenders with his magnificent mulleted mane billowing in the breeze. If Aslan improved his touch, put on a Geordie accent and donned a Hummell shirt he still wouldn’t look as majestic as Chris in his pomp. 9

CF – Gary Lineker

There’s a generation who only know Gary as the jug eared crisp thief who ruined the golf. Yeah? Well they can jog on because Lineker was a goal poacher without equal. A great ambassador for us who always did the biz in the big games, Lineker consistently reproduced his England exploits in the lilywhite shirt of Tottenham. 10

CF – Jurgen Klinsmann

This was a tough one between Jurgen and Teddy Sheringham. Both had two stints at the club, played with the first three yards in their head and lit up the Lane. Teddy played more than one and a half seasons for us, but Klinsmann invented the diving celebration, which gets my vote. Part of the first wave of genuine world superstars to join the Premiership as it was then known, Jurgen had me believing that the mid 90s were the beginning of a Spurs renaissance. It wasn’t. The most decorated footballer in my team. Also drove a Beetle. 9

Total:106

Final Score:

Chelsea 101 - 100 Tottenham

A pretty close run thing in the end, with the steel in Chelsea's midfield winning out over Tottenham's flair. Claude Makelele and Dennis Wise shut out the creativity of Gascoigne and Ginola, allowing Gianfranco Zola to work his magic in the hole. A late rallying cry for Tottenham came from Waddle and Bale down the left flank, but it wasn't to be this time around.

Someone we've missed out? Fuming that Lampard isn't orchestrating the Chelsea midfield, or that Sheringham isn't Tottenham's target man? Have your say in the comments.

Sabotage Times on Google +

This Saturday at 5pm, and Sunday at 9pm, Sabotage Times will be hosting post-match hangouts for Liverpool vs Everton and Chelsea vs Tottenham on Google Plus with live video analysis and banter from leading bloggers and passionate fans who know these clubs inside out.

So join us now by setting up a Google Plus account and following Sabotage Times’ new Google + page and this weekend we’ll post the link so you can watch the results of the very first bloggers’ answer to MOTD.

Saturday 6.30pm, 14 April – Sabotage Times Liverpool vs Everton FA Cup Show

Sunday 11.15pmpm 15 April – Sabotage Times Chelsea vs Tottenham FA Cup Show

More recent stories that might interest you…

Harry Redknapp Is Not A Top Coach And Should Never Be England Manager

Tottenham Hotspur: A Fan’s Open Letter To Harry Redknapp

A Tottenham Hotspur Supporter’s Application For Harry Redknapp’s Job

Chelsea Should Never Leave The Bridge, And Not Just Because They Can’t Fill It

How Do Manchester City And Chelsea Compare To The Rest Of Football’s Oil League?

The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw: Chelsea’s Gianfranco Zola v Liverpool, FA Cup Fourth Round 1997

Click here for more Football and Sport stories

Click here to follow Sabotage Times on Twitter

Click here to follow Sabotage Times on Facebook