Premier League: Spanish XI

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The Premier League is lucky to have some of the most talented Spaniards in world football.

This starting eleven features the Premier League's most talented Spanish players in a 4-4-2 formation.

How well would do you think this team would fare against top English clubs? 

Goalkeeper: David De Gea | Manchester United

De Gea's performances in goal have been outstanding this year, as well as key to Manchester United's Premier League triumph. Not only has he had the knack for appearing at key moments, but he has also kept consecutive clean sheets in a bid to help the Red Devils to their 20th league trophy.

The Spaniard has been named in the PFA Team of the Year, trumping last year's winner Joe Hart for the goalkeeper spot. 

Right-back: Cesar Azpilicueta | Chelsea

Azpilicueta could be called Chelsea's bargain signing of the season. The club spent big on the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar, but Cesar Azpilicueta came in on a relatively small £7m transfer from Marseille.

Despite having a tough start to the season, he found himself in the right-back role after John Terry's injury and grew into it extremely well. Recently, he found himself facing the daunting task of stopping PFA Player of the Year - Gareth Bale - in a game against Tottenham. The Spaniard did extremely well, making sure Bale was never a viable attacking option for Tottenham.

Centre-back: Chico Flores | Swansea City

Flores has settled into the Premier League very well in his first season. He's developed a successful bond with Swansea's captain Ashley Williams and, with a 90% pass accuracy rate, is one of the Premier League's best passing defenders.

His ability to create attacks from the back has made him vital to Swansea's League Cup success. Though Chico has clear technical and mental ability, his biggest mistakes this season have come from late challenges, resulting in multiple yellow and red cards.

Centre-back: Carlos Cuellar | Sunderland

The 31-year-old Carlos Cuellar would bring a lot of experience to the back-line of this squad. He's been a team player for Sunderland this season as well as a leader during tough times.

Sunderland are currently dealing with injury and suspensions at a crucial point in their season, and Cuellar has played a big role in lifting team spirit and reminding the Black Cats that they can accomplish a lot even if they are without their leading goal-scorer. 

Left-back: Jose Enrique | Liverpool

For Liverpool, Enrique has been performing well of late. Despite having his ups and downs, he is a useful left-back that enjoys getting forward.

Enrique has created numerous chances for the Liverpool forwards and knows just when to drop back and defend. With a bit of proper leadership from the defenders alongside him, Enrique could make a great addition to a passing side. 

Defensive-midfielder: Mikel Arteta | Arsenal

Despite this not being his preferred position, Arteta has been extremely successful as a defensive midfielder for Arsenal this season.

He's an aggressive tackler and maintains his ability to make a dangerous pass forward. Arteta has had to sacrifice getting forward this season, but he does his more defensive job so well that it gives his midfield partners a chance to get forward and make more creative passes. Arteta's new role is essential to Arsenal's movement and passing game. 

Attacking-midfielder: David Silva | Manchester City

David Silva's impressive ability to make forward passes and trick his way past defenders so skillfully has earned him the nickname "Merlin" amongst his City team-mates.

In this squad, Silva's attacking abilities could flourish with Mikel Arteta acting as a defensive midfielder by his side. Still, Silva would need to know when to sit back and defend, which is not something he's known for. His defensive work-rate, if any, is not at all his strong point. But, to be fair, it's probably not something he's asked to do often at City. 

Left-wing: Santi Cazorla | Arsenal

Santi Cazorla ability to play in numerous attacking positions, including both wings, comes from him being ambidextrous. He's capable of creating chances from midfield and from the flanks, something he's done for Arsenal this season.

Many say he is the signing of the season because of his incredible work-rate and ability to create chances. He's quick, small, and skillful, which could make him and important part of this squad.

Right-wing: Juan Mata | Chelsea

Though he currently plays in attacking midfield for Chelsea, Juan Mata has played on the wing in the past.

His ability to cut into the middle from the wing made him especially dangerous in front of the goal. He's one of the Premier League's most talented players, even making it to the PFA Player of the Year shortlist.

Striker: Michu | Swansea City

Originally an attacking midfielder, Michu has been deployed as a striker numerous times this season for Swansea City.

His goal-tally grew as did his fame and he quickly became one of the Premier League's most influential players, helping himself to 21 goals this season. 

Striker: Fernando Torres | Chelsea

Despite not being in top form for a while, Torres has made himself crucial to Chelsea's Europa League campaign, where he's scored most of his goals this season.

He's known for his intelligence and ability to create space and would fit well in a passing team. This season, he is Chelsea's leading goal-scorer with 21 goals in all competitions.


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