EPL Team of the Season

Yes, we know, there is an awful lot of Chelsea blue in this team, but while Jose Mourinho's brand of football may not have set your world alight, his players certainly knew how to execute a plan. 

There were a number of close calls in our selections, and you could make a case for most players in our 'next best' list, and perhaps some who didn't get a mention at all. We've also picked a starting XI that could actually play in the formation selected and retain some semblance of balance.

David De Gea (Manchester United)

It's hard to believe that not so long ago United fans were questioning whether De Gea had what it takes to be the club's first choice 'keeper. The Spaniard has been in world class form this season, and came to the Red Devils' rescue on a number of occasions. A move to Madrid would be a hammer blow for United.

Next best: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)

Cesar Azpiliquetta (Chelsea)

When Filipe Luis arrived at Stamford Bridge for the hefty sum of $26 million there was good reason to believe the Brazilian would be the Blues' first-choice left-back. Instead Luis started just seven matches and his presence on the pitch has become a rare sight. Quite the opposite for Azpiliquetta who has grown in stature as the season has gone on.

Key to any good side is balance, and that's one of the many things that Azpiliquetta provides Chelsea. While Branislav Ivanovic marauds up the pitch the Spaniard is happy to stay back and defend. A defender defending is hardly revolutionary, but in an age when the attacking full-back is all the rage Azpiliquetta provides a reminder of the importance of first and foremost providing a solid defence.

Next best: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

John Terry

In 2013 interim boss Rafa Benitez told Terry that he didn't have a future at the highest level. How wrong he was. Terry has had one of his finest seasons, if not his finest. 

The 34-year-old has been revitalised under Jose Mourinho and underlined his quality time after time for the Blues. Terry's all-round game and inspiring leadership mean the Blues skipper has few peers in the league at present.

Next best: Toby Alderweireld (Southampton)

Jose Fonte (Southampton)

The Southampton skipper has been the rock which Ronald Koeman rebuilt the Saints team around. With defensive partners Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw leaving the club in the off-season there were rightly many concerns about the Southampton defence, but Fonte, together with on-loan gem Toby Alderweireld, marshalled the team brilliantly.

Fonte showed his class against Tottenham, keeping the red-hot Harry Kane under wraps in a fashion that other defenders at proven unable to do. The striker mustered just one shot on the day and was a non-entity thanks to Fonte.

Next best: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

If you're not a Chelsea fan you probably don't like Ivanovic, he certainly won't win any 'most popular player' polls, but it's hard not to appreciate what he does. 

Brutish is one way to describe the Serb, effective another. Ivanovic has made the switch to full-back in recent years without any problem which is something that many centre backs have struggled to do. Indeed, Ivanovic appears to enjoy going forward quite considerably, adding four goals to his tally this season.

Next best: Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Trippier (Burnley)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

This is one selection that was never in doubt. Hazard was the class act of the 2014/15 season, with the Belgian rightly raking in the plaudits.

With 14 goals and eight assists in the league, Hazard led the way for the Blues and delivered his best throughout the campaign, even when some of those around him began to flag slightly.

Blessed with speed, agility, strength, great technique and an audacious left foot, Hazard gave many of the league's defenders sleepless nights.

Next best: Nobody came close.

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

Matic may not have hogged the headlines like some of his goal-scoring team-mates did, but his importance to the Blues cause cannot be questioned.

Back at Stamford Bridge after a stint at Benfica, it's hard not to look at the Serb and wonder how Chelsea sold him in the first place. Matic provided a impenetrable shield in front of the Chelsea back four, systematically breaking down option attacks before they even reached the danger zone.

Next best: Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)

Back in England and rubbing salt into Arsenal wounds, Fabregas was at his best early in the season before tailing off towards the end of the season, as he does. 

A poor end to the campaign shouldn't overshadow an excellent season for the Spaniard who chipped in with a massive 18 assists.

Next best: Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Arsene Wenger has called Sanchez the best signing he's made since brining Gunners legend Thierry Henry to the club, and he's not overstating the situation.

The Chilean showed a hunger that was matched only by his skill, putting in some mesmerizing performance and producing top draw goals. With 16 goals it's fair to say that Sanchez had little problem adapting to life in England following his move from Barcelona, another sign of his endless class.

Next best: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

When it comes to English players it's sometimes hard to separate the hype from the true performance, and there certainly was an inordinate amount of hype spewing from the English press.

However, while Kane may have been exalted as best thing since sliced bread a little prematurely, the Spurs striker has given a lot of substance to the hype.

Along with Sergio Aguero, Kane was the only player to break the 20 goals mark, and perhaps more importantly is the weight of his impact. Kane's goals were worth 25 points for Tottenham, 10 more than any player in the league.

Next best: Diego Costa (Chelsea)

 

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

It may seem harsh not to include Diego Costa as the Spaniard was immense for Chelsea in the first half of the season and was the missing piece to the champions' puzzle. However, his lack of activity since the turn of the year sees him eclipsed by Aguero who finished the season strongly to help City secure second spot when it seemed they may be letting it slip.

Aguero notched up 26 goals and eight assists despite having injury problems of his own. A real class act, if only he could stay fit for a full season.

Next best: Saido Berahino (West Brom)

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