As the Premier draws to a close, there have been some extraordinary performances by many players, be it Costa, Hazard and Kante for Chelsea, Sanchez for Arsenal, Lukaku for Everton, or Kane and Eriksen for Spurs. However, the Best XI that has been revealed by CIES Football Observatory does not include any of the mentioned players.
Surprised? Shocked? Stunned? As neither the PFA Player of the Year nor the League’s top scorer features in the team of the season, here is the Best XI that have been named according to CIES Football Observatory.
1. Sergio Aguero (CF)
2. Kevin de Bruyne (CAM)
3. Pedro (RM)
4. Philippe Coutinho (LM)
5. Paul Pogba (CM)
6. Ander Herrera (CM)
7. Nicolas Otamendi (CB)
8. Dejan Lovren (CB)
9. James Milner (LB)
10. Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)
11. Hugo Lloris (GK)
According to the CIES Football Observatory, their Premier League team of the season is said to be based on the statistics and performance analysis.
However, the bizarre inclusion of Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren and James Milner has left everyone surprised. The Reds’ have conceded the most number of goals among the top seven sides except Arsenal this season.
As per reports, out of all the footballers who’ve played more than 2,000 minutes this season, only three other players, viz. Juventus’ Alex Sandro, Real Madrid’s Marcelo and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba have impressed more this season as compared to Milner.
Another eye opener comes with the inclusion of Manchester City’s striker, Aguero. The Argentinian has scored 18 goals this season, and currently sits 4th in the League’s Top Scorers List. Romelu Lukaku with 24 goals, Alexis Sánchez with 23, and Harry Kane with 22 have been left out.
With two games to spare, the newly crowned English champions Chelsea have just two players in this list, with Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta making the cut. And despite being widely regarded as the best players in the league this season, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante have been shunned by CIES.
Paul Pogba rated as the 2nd best performing CDM in Europe's top 5 leagues. Ander Herrera is on 4th. [CIES Football] pic.twitter.com/wx87wWTOEb
— José Mourinho-MUFC (@Utd_JM) May 16, 2017
Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera make up the midfield, and with Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris guarding the goal, the CIES’ Premier League Team of the season has arguably raised some eyebrows.
Written by Sidharth Jindal