We now have a rather vast football-shaped hole in our lives after the culmination to the Premier League and fantasy football season.
And with no major international tournament to feast our eyes upon this summer, there’s a lot of twiddling thumbs going on between fantasy football fans.
Dream Team 2017/18
Chelsea are champions, Tottenham ‘applied the pressure’ once again but fell short and Hull, Middlesbrough and Sunderland are all saying goodbye to the top flight this season.
But which defenders excelled on the Dream Team game?
Here’s the top five…
1 Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) – 188 points
Azpilicueta was astonishingly snubbed from the PFA Team of the Year, but he was fully recognised by Dream Team and WhoScored’s algorithm after a stellar season for the champions.
Featuring on the right side of a defensive three, the Spaniard was Mr Consistent from day one with his no-nonsense style and incomparable desire.
Any young defenders should watch and learn from the man they call ‘Dave’.
2 Gary Cahill (Chelsea) – 181
Cahill missed out on top spot by a solitary point to his Chelsea team-mate, but he did make the PFA Team of the Year. Go figure.
The England centre-back was just as effective in the opponent’s penalty area as in his own last season, scoring eight goals in all competitions for the Blues.
Many thought he’d make way last season or be used more on a rotational basis, so they way he responded was incredible.
3 Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) – 174
Otamendi might not be the most secure defender but he’s a real favourite with WhoScored‘s algorithm.
The Argentine centre-back was a regular fixture under Pep Guardiola, playing 40 times in all competitions alongside either John Stones or Vincent Kompany.
City’s high percentage of possession means Otamendi sees a lot of the ball, which on the Dream Team game means points a plenty.
4 Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) – 172
Perhaps surprisingly the only Spurs player to make the top five, Vertonghen at times even outshone compatriot Toby Alderweireld this season.
The connection and relationship between the two and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris produced an incredible 17 clean sheets in all competitions.
Spurs conceded just 24 goals all season and their backline really does look set for years to come.
5 Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – 172
Alonso revelled in left wing-back role for the Blues and played a huge part in their revival when he was introduced at half time in the season-turning Arsenal defeat.
After that he went onto score six times, making him the joint top-scoring defender in the league alongside Cahill, and produce three assists.
When can I sign up?
You can start getting your teams in as early as July 7 2017 – some five weeks before the Premier League season gets underway.
That gives you an awfully long time to monitor the transfer market and choose your team accordingly, with Bernardo Silva the first major coup of the summer after his £43m move to Manchester City.
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