Combined Spurs and Borussia Dortmund XI
FootyOn expert writers pick out their combined Spurs and Borussia Dortmund XI, a selection jam-packed full of exceptional talent.
Meeting for the first time in the Champions League to kick-off their campaigns, the two teams will face each other at Tottenham’s temporary home, Wembley.
It hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Mauricio Pochettino’s players recently, but will hope to put the hoodoo behind them and get off to a perfect start.
So, in light of the clash, we’ve chosen our combined Spurs and Borussia Dortmund XI…
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Spurs)
Consistently one of the world’s best goalies, the Frenchman is perhaps taken for granted by many in the Premier League.
Lloris was a vital part of Spurs’ defence that has conceded the fewest/joint fewest number of goals the last two seasons.
Right centre back: Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund)
A stalwart for Dortmund over the last seven years, he was a mainstay in the Westfalenstadion sides that won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12.
Centre back: Toby Alderweireld
La Liga champion and Champions League runner-up with Atletico Madrid, Alderweireld is regularly rated as one of the best defenders in the division.
He was voted into the 2015/16 PL PFA Team of the Year.
Left centre back: Jan Vertonghen (Spurs)
The Belgian is another key cog in Pochettino’s backline, a defence that has seen then draw closer to winning the title in recent seasons.
Central midfield: Gonzalo Castro (Borussia Dortmund)
The former Germany international is a solid performer for Dortmund and made an impressive nine assists in all competitions last term from deep.
Castro is 21/10 with BetVictor to be part of a victorious travelling side on Wednesday.
Central midfield: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund)
Now playing deeper than he previously did during his first spell in Dortmund, he still possesses the immense skill and vision that saw him snapped up by Bayern Munich in 2013 and score the winner in the 2014 World Cup final.
Right midfield: Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
The 18-year-old American is often overlooked when it comes to the world’s most promising youngsters but, with Ousmane Dembele gone, expect him to take a huge leap this year in terms of production.
He made 13 assists in all competitions last term and has already opened his account for the new season, with a goal and assist in the Bundesliga.
Attacking midfield: Dele Alli (Spurs)
England’s most exciting midfield prospect in years, Alli already has four goals from four PL games this season.
His partnership is sure to grow and prosper in the coming years, providing the two stars stay at the club.
Alli is set to miss the first game through suspension.
Left midfield: Christian Eriksen (Spurs)
Undoubtedly one of the best creative midfielders in the PL, the Dane scored eight and made 15 assists in the league last term.
To put this into perceptive, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho scored the same number of goals but made 10 fewer assists – yet was subject of reported bids in the excess of £100m from Barcelona this summer, instead of Eriksen.
Eriksen makes Spurs tick and is one of the top flight’s truly elite talents.
Striker: Harry Kane (Spurs)
A superb forward, the Spurs man netted a sensational 29 goals in 30 PL outings last campaign and has already scored 10 in 21 caps for England.
Striker: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
The Gabon captain is Dortmund’s main man up top and does not disappoint when it comes to goals.
Aubameyang scored 31 in 32 league appearances last season and has bagged two in three Bundesliga fixtures this term.
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