Tony Cascarino has picked out the quality of Chelsea duo Jorginho and Tammy Abraham, who have impressed him this season on the European stage.
Pundit and ex-Blues forward Cascarino was tasked with building a best XI from the four English teams that have qualified from the Champions League group stages.
Frank Lampard’s have reached the knockout rounds as runners-up with some impressive European displays, while London neighbours Tottenham also finished second in their group behind Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, the duo of Manchester City and Liverpool are also in the last-16 after finishing top of their respective groups.
Cascarino included two Chelsea stars in his best XI from the group stages out of the English teams, while Lampard was selected as his manager.
“His team’s more attacking policy this season has helped, giving him options to demonstrate his passing ability,” he explained about central midfielder Jorginho in the Times print edition (Page 73, 13 December).
Cascarino was also full of praise for centre-forward Abraham, who has been a talisman at Stamford Bridge this season and is a shining example of the club’s academy.
“Perhaps the biggest surprise in this team, but a revelation at Chelsea. A regular scorer and is never static,” he said.
Jorginho started all six Champions League group stage matches and a real standout was his two goals in the dramatic 4-4 home draw against Ajax.
The 27-year-old dictates play so well for Chelsea in the centre of the park and looks even more impressive on the European stage than in domestic fixtures.
Abraham, 22, also featured in all of the group matches and has found the step up to the elite club competition fairly straightforward.
He scored in 2-1 victories home and away against Lille to leave his mark on the competition, but will hope that can carry on in the last-16.