Chelsea assistant coach Jody Morris nominates the ultimate Premier League XI … and chooses FIVE former Blues
Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris calls his ultimate Premier League XI … and he picks five former Blues, but NO Liverpool stars make it (with Kevin De Bruyne the only Manchester City player to win a spot!)
- Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris chose his ultimate Premier League XI
- He included five former Blues stars with Frank Lampard and John Terry selected
- He also chose other Chelsea heroes Ashley Cole, Petr Cech and Eden Hazard
Football players, managers and coaches must be engaged during the indefinite break of the match. We have seen several ‘stay at home’ challenges with toilet rolls and tea bags, which have been widely shared on social media.
Now Chelsea’s assistant manager, Jody Morris, has come into action inventing his ultimate Premier League XI after being challenged by former rugby player and expert Ugo Monye.
His choices are certainly controversial without Liverpool players entering the lineup and only one Manchester City player stepping in despite their four recent titles.
Chelsea assistant coach Jody Morris was nominated to select his ultimate Premier League XI
He chose five former Chelsea players, including his boss and Blues manager Frank Lampard
Morris had a 17-year playing career before coaching, starting at Chelsea where he played alongside current Blues manager Frank Lampard and John Terry. He selected both of his close friends, although with Lampard, now his boss, it is not surprising that he made the team.
Morris joined Lampard’s coaching staff when he got his first role in management at Derby County last season and followed him back to Stamford Bridge when he got the job of Chelsea.
But Terry and Lampard aren’t the only ex-Blues to make up the team. Petr Cech joined Chelsea in 2004, a year after Morris left, but he gets a nod to the goal while Eden Hazard is selected as an attacker on the left.
Ashley Cole, who won nine trophies with the Blues in 2012, including the Champions League, is seated on the left rear, making a total of five ex-Chelsea players.
Morris spent seven years at Stamford Bridge playing with John Terry who formed his team
He also played alongside Lampard, where he has now worked as a coach for two seasons
THE TEAM OF JODY MORRIS
TARGETMAN – PETR CECH
LEFT BEHIND – ASHLEY COLE
MID REAR – JOHN TERRY
MID REAR – RIO FERDINAND
BE RIGHT BACK – GARY NEVILLE
MIDFIELD PATRICK VIERA
MIDFIELD – FRANK LAMPARD
MIDFIELD – KEVIN DE BRUYNE
LEFT WING – EDEN DANGER
RIGHT WING – CRISTIANO RONALDO
STRIKER – THIERRY HENRY
The rest of the team – apart from City-ace Kevin De Bruyne – are made up of players from Morris’s era of play rather than current stars.
Manchester United are also well represented with three former players, including Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Paul Scholes made Morris’s initial side before an edited version featured De Bruyne.
The other two come from the Arsenal Invincibles – Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry.
There was no room for Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk or Mohamed Salah with Hazard, De Bruyne and Ronaldo the only three selections that did not withdraw from the game.
He did, however, include Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold as ‘potentials’ who just missed.
Non-Morris era players include Alan Shearer, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney – who still play for the coach’s old Derby.
The 41-year-old has nominated ‘everyone who likes it’ to have his say and maybe some of his selections will choose their own ultimate XI.
Ashley Cole, who won nine trophies, including the Champions League, was chosen as the left back
Eden Hazard is also on the left of a front three with Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry
The full picklist created by Morris who nominated ‘everyone who likes it’ to try it