Saturday 22 July 2017

Carragher and Neville's mid-season teams of the year have big changes from their final picks

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Adam Lallana of Liverpool reacts after missing a chance to score during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Adam Lallana of Liverpool reacts after missing a chance to score during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville named their Premier League teams of the season on Monday night - and they were vastly different from the teams they selected back in December.

The Sky Sports pundits wrapped up another season of informative coverage with team picks that were dominated by players from newly crowned champions Chelsea and their nearest rivals Tottenham.

Yet the teams they picked at the mid-way point in the season highlighted the progress being made at that time by Liverpool and Manchester United, with Adam Lallana and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among the names included.

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk was picked in the teams picked by Carragher and Neville at the end of 2016, with their final line-ups offering a contrast to their selections from five months ago.

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One player both of the Premier League legends appear united on is one of the unsung heroes of the Chelsea team, with Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta earning praise from both Carragher and Neville.

"He is the best defender in the league and if there was any full-back in the league I’d want in my team it would be Azpilicueta," stated Carragher. "You know what you are getting week in and week out."

Neville was equally gushing in his praise of Azpilicueta, as he offered him this glowing tribute.

"We’ve said it before, I really think he’s the best defender in the league," stated Neville. "He’s shown that he can strike a ball as well, he nearly scored a second which was even better," Neville said on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.

"Technically he is the best defender in the league, and he has been for the past three years. In terms of doing his job, He does most things very, very well."

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