Ultimate XI's

Ultimate XI’s- Players I have seen live!

Hello!

I have now got nothing else to do so you are going to see a lot more blogs from now on.

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I am going to bring you daily blogs for as long as I can to keep you entertained everyday..

Anyway, let’s get into my ultimate XI of players I have seen play live!

Due to the fact that I predominantly go to Non league games, I am not blessed with the best options for this XI, but when doing the research for this I was surprised at the quality of the choices.

GOALKEEPER- Tomasz Kuszczak

A rogue option first up!

While I have seen players like Petr Cech and Gianluigi Donnarumma in action, neither of them really put in a vintage performance and I wanted to go with someone who performed well.

I saw Kuszczak plenty of times at Brighton in 2013 and he put in a number of impressive performances, showing his Premier League quality even while the Seagulls were in the Championship.

Poland have had a good record of producing goalkeepers in recent years and Kuszczak probably would’ve had more international caps had this not been the case.

LEFT BACK- Theo Hernandez

The first of two left backs that will make it into this XI, the young Frenchman was mightily impressive in the Milan derby.

He operates as a wing back, and his attacking attributes are clear to see but it was his pace that really allowed him to stand out. He was able to take up very advanced positions because his pace meant he wouldn’t be exposed.

Him and Ante Rebic linked up very well, all I can say is that he clearly knows what it means to play at left back.

He was the main reason Milan were able to dominate the first half of the derby, and at 22 he has a very bright future.

RIGHT BACK- Aaron Wan Bissaka

Just over a year ago, I made my first trip to Selhurst Park and saw an absolutely incredible defensive display from AWB.

I am pretty sure that he made about ten tackles during the 90 Minutes, and he was the main reason Palace Managed to keep a clean sheet.

I have never seen a right back give the opposition absolutely nothing as he did that day, for a while after that I believed he was the best right back in the league, until Trent Alexander-Arnold decided to turn into Cafu.

I was not surprised to see Man United break the bank for the youngster and I think he has done very well in one of the best defenses in the league.

CENTRE BACK- John Terry

While Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea back in 2013 wasn’t exactly a thriller, it did give me the chance to see one of the Premier League’s greatest defenders ever.

Keeping a clean sheet away at the Emirates is very rarely done, but when John Terry is at the heart of the defence, it isn’t a surprise.

I don’t remember too much from the performance, apart from the fact that Chelsea’s defence looked impenetrable, mainly because of the Englishman.

CENTRE BACK- Stefan De Vrij

Inter Milan have three excellent centre backs in their side in Diego Godin, Milan Skriniar and Stefan De Vrij. They all showed their class when I visited the San Siro and I had to put one of them in this XI.

I opted for De Vrij because I was probably expecting the least from him, but he was the best of the three. The Dutchman scored and made some important defensive actions.

His header was magnificent, a proper defenders header and that is why he has to make it into this XI at the expense of his teammates.

LEFT MIDFIELD- Dimitri Payet

In September 2016 I made my first visit to the London Stadium, and luckily enough Dimitri Payet was still a West Ham player at this point.

His performance that day just showed how much West Ham needed him, the team looked completely flat and uninspired, until they gave the ball to Payet.

Once he had the ball at his feet, the whole team started making runs into the box because they knew that he had the quality to find them, it was quite astonishing to see the effect he had.

About 60 minutes into the game he saw that the rest of his team lacked any real quality, so he’d have to just score himself, and he did just that by dribbling past about four players and slotting it in the corner.

This choice was a no brainer.

RIGHT MIDFIELD- Riyad Mahrez

Another player that I saw play at the Amex, the Algerian is a player that didn’t even have a great game, but still showed his class.

Brighton deployed about three men on him for the full 90 minutes but he still often managed to win a foul or find a teammate. It takes a player of real quality to still have an influence on the game even when the opposition have tried to mark him out of the game.

We were sat on the side of the pitch so we pretty much had a front row view of Mahrez on the wing, which is why he makes it onto this list.

CENTRAL MIDFIELD- Ismael Bennacer

Another entrant from the Milan Derby is our second Algerian.

Bennacer controlled the midfield with aplomb and also contributed defensively. Inter’s midfield eventually ended up dominating the game and the Algerian’s effect on the game diminished.

But I could not forget how impressed I was with him in the first half and he certainly showed the potential to be a top midfielder in the future. I was especially impressed with how he passed the ball forwards from deep.

He has also been absolutely brilliant for me on Football Manager recently so that just adds to this inclusion.

CENTRAL MIDFIELD- Mesut Ozil

Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool in 2015 was one of the best games I have ever been to, not least because of the fact that my Liverpool supporting friend was also there and we bumped into him on the way back.

Mesut Ozil ran the game from start to finish, he saw passes about five seconds before anyone else and Liverpool could not handle him at all. He even scored a wonderful free kick for good measure (Mignolet should definitely have done better).

Ozil is such a controversial character in the Premier League, with many pundits refusing to acknowledge his record for Arsenal, and claim that he is ‘lazy’. After this game I have been convinced that he is one of the greatest play makers of his generation.

STRIKER- Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Seeing Zlatan score in the Milan derby was absolutely amazing, obviously when I saw him he was past his peak, but you could still see that he knew exactly where the goal is.

He got involved with play with regularity and his touch was still second to none, if Milan were going to score in the second half then it was only going to come from one man.

He was a threat in the air, but it was his mere presence that was great to see and he obviously had to make this list.

STRIKER- Alexis Sanchez

The second entrant from Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool, Sanchez was absolutely electric and scored a stunner in the game.

The whole Arsenal team was on song that day, but a trademark performance from Sanchez provided inspiration for the rest of the team.

Unfortunately Sanchez’s performances have dropped off significantly in recent years but I am thankful to have seen him at his best.

FULL TEAM:

Kuszczak

Wan Bissaka Terry De Vrij Hernandez

Mahrez Bennacer Ozil Payet

Ibrahimovic Sanchez

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