Leeds Greatest XI Vs Chelsea Greatest XI: Two Fans Collide

As Chelsea and Leeds United prepare to battle for the first time since 2004, we got two fans to name their greatest XI's of all time on each side. But who comes out on top?
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As Chelsea and Leeds United prepare to battle for the first time since 2004, we got two fans to name their greatest XI's of all time on each side. But who comes out on top?

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


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Leeds United Greatest XI – Compiled by Dead Bloke.

GK: Nigel Martyn

Absolutely top drawer. Best keeper I’ve seen. 10

RCB: Lucas Radebe 

The Chief. Great man-to-man marker. Athletic and quicker than he looked. 10

CB: Jack Charlton

Won a world cup in his spare time. Football writers’ player of the year.  Not bad for a clogger. 10

LCB: John Charles

Il Gigante Buono. Voted by Juventus fans as the best ever foreign player to play for their team (beat Michel Platini). Nuff said. 10

RM: Gordon Strachan

Bananas, seaweed and championships. The best signing Leeds United made in my lifetime. 10

CM: Johnny Giles

The silent assassin who when let off the leash with Bremner was at the heart of Europe’s best club side in the early 70’s. 10

CM: Billy Bremner

Leader. ”You can’t put into words what Billy Bremner meant to football.” So said another irascible, preternaturally aged Scot, Sir Alex Ferguson. 10

LM: Eddie Gray

“When he walks on snow he doesn’t leave footprints”. 10

AMC: Tony Currie

Scored curlers and found time to sit on the ball and blow kisses to the crowd. 9

CF: Allan Clarke

Sniffer was simply the best finisher ever seen in a Leeds United shirt and who turned Matt Busby down. 10

CF: Tony Yeboah

Only played  66 games for Leeds United, scored 32 goals but what goals they were. From a hat trick in Monaco, to a goal of the season v Liverpool, via a world class brace against Wimbledon. Might not have paid his poll tax but when he was on fire he was unplayable. 9

Manager: Don Revie

Who else? 10

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Leeds United Total: 108

So there you have it, Leeds United trounce Chelsea by a clear seven points. If picked solely from 2004 it would be a different story, but alas according to our list when the wealth of history comes into play, Chelsea are still playing catch up.