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Thiago Silva captains the best possible Dream Team XI of 2022/23 – using only players from the bottom half | The Sun
AS the season draws to a close, it's only right we shine a light on the Dream Team assets residing in the unfashionable half of the Premier League table.
Here we've assembled the best possible Dream Team XI, as determined by total season points, using only players who represent clubs currently in the bottom half.
GOALKEEPER: Kepa Arrizabalaga (£3.2m)
The Blues' No1 is possibly the only Stamford Bridge resident who can call 2022/23 his best season on English shores.
Only four goalkeepers have more points than the Spaniard's 97 at this stage.
Arrizabalaga has kept 12 clean sheets this season and deserved to usurp Edouard Mendy (£3.2m) as Chelsea's first-choice custodian.
DEFENDERS: Thiago Silva (£5m), James Tarkowski (£2.6m), Kalidou Koulibaly (£4.4m)
Here's the thing, while Chelsea have been wasteful and unimaginative in attack, their defensive record is actually rather good.
Even after a flurry of disappointing defeats since Frank Lampard was appointed interim manager, only Newcastle and Man City have conceded fewer league goals this season, hence Koulibaly and Silva's presence in this XI.
The latter stood out in the first two thirds of the campaign as an unflappable buoy of class amid floundering castaways and held his position among Dream Team's top ten defenders before an injury caused him to slide down the rankings – he's currently 18th.
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