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XI of the best: EFL Cup Team of the Tournament

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13:00 26th February 2017

by Alex Butcher

It's been another enthralling run to today's EFL Cup Final, and we've taken a look back through each game and picked out of a selection of the star performers to make up our Team of the Tournament.

Goalkeeper: Marco Silvestri (Leeds United)

The Italian stopper kept guard for all of Leeds' EFL Cup ties this season, and he didn’t disappoint. 

His most notable performance came in Round Four, against Norwich City, when he heroically stopped three of the Canaries' penalties as the Whites marched on.

Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Alexander-Arnold was handed his first-team debut for Liverpool in Round Four, facing a stern test against Premier League counterparts Tottenham Hotspur.

The young full-back shone in the 2-1 win, and impressed again when last year's finalists edged past Leeds United at the quarter-final stage.

Defender: Harry Maguire (Hull City)

A rock at the back throughout the competition, Maguire was a vital cog in the machine that saw Hull to the semi-finals.
 
The centre-back was the only City player to play every single minute of their impressive run, and even chipped in with a goal in Round Four to edge the Tigers past Bristol City. 

Defender: Maya Yoshida (Southampton)

Southampton entered this year's competition at the third round stage, where Yoshida was part of the defence that shut out Crystal Palace in a 2-0 win.

The defender then played every minute as Sunderland and Arsenal, and Liverpool twice, failed to breach the Saints' watertight backline en route to the final.

Defender: Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley)

After helping Accrington to a clean sheet and scoring in the penalty shoot-out against Bradford City in Round One, Pearson wrote himself into Stanley folklore in the next stage.

The Sky Bet League Two side held firm against Premier League Burnley, before the defender struck a last-gasp winner in extra-time to knock out their local rivals and set up a trip to West Ham United.

Midfielder: Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)

Boufal was introduced to the St Mary's faithful for the first time when handed a starting place against Sunderland in Round Three, and he made his mark with a stunning goal to settle matters.

The Moroccan then produced a stand-out performance in the quarter-finals against Arsenal, providing an assist in the 2-0 win and terrorising the Gunners with his dazzling footwork.

Midfielder: Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

Manchester United's midfield has impressed during the tournament, with Herrera getting the nod as the stand-out star for our selection.

After grabbing a goal at Northampton Town in Round Three, the Spaniard starred in the Round Four win over bitter rivals Manchester City and was a feature in the victories over West Ham United and Hull City.

Midfielder: Mohamed Diame (Newcastle United)

The Senegalese midfielder netted three times in Newcastle’s run to the quarter-finals and was one of the stars of the show in Round Four. 

After featuring in routine wins over Cheltenham Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Diame bagged a brace in the 6-0 thrashing of Preston North End and scored against his former club, Hull, when the Magpies eventually bowed out. 

Midfielder: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

With three goals to his name, it's safe to say Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed a fruitful EFL Cup campaign for Arsenal.

The England international netted a brace in Round Four to sink Reading, adding to his effort against Nottingham Forest in Round Three.

Forward: Tammy Abraham (Bristol City)

Abraham has quickly become a fans' favourite at Ashton Gate this season and not only for his hot form in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Bristol City made it to Round Four and it was the exploits of Abraham that got them there. The 19-year-old scored the winning goal in the opening three rounds to see off Wycombe Wanderers, Scunthorpe United and Fulham respectively. 

Forward: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

The competition’s leading scorer, Daniel Sturridge, was a certainty for a place in the Team of the Tournament. 

He’s found regular football in the EFL Cup and thrived on the opportunity, bagging braces against Burton Albion and Tottenham Hotspur. Those goals mean the Liverpool frontman has scored a remarkable 10 goals in his last 10 EFL Cup appearances.

Manager: Claude Puel (Southampton)

Puel has overseen a fantastic EFL Cup run in his debut season managing in England, as his Southampton side progressed to the Wembley showpiece without conceding a goal.

Stand-out results including a 2-0 win over Arsenal, whose boss Arsene Wenger used to manage Puel in his Monaco playing days, and the two-legged semi-final success against Liverpool.

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