Harry Redknapp picks a winner between Chelsea skipper and Vertonghen

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Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp looks ahead to Sunday’s League Cup final.

Former QPR boss Harry Redknapp feels Chelsea have an advantage over Tottenham Hotspur in the battle of the centre-halves, The Sun report.

The Blues take on Spurs on Sunday at Wembley in what is largely expected to be an intriguing League Cup final and one which can go either way.

As the game approaches, former QPR boss Harry Redknapp has been asked to look in to the key battles and decide which London-based outfit has the advantage.

The 67-year-old struggled to pick a winner in the striker department, however when it came to defensive leaders, he had no hesitation in naming the Blues’ John Terry as a clear winner.

“Chelsea have a clear edge in this area. As well as being a rock of a centre-half, Terry has been a magnificent Blues captain for years,” Redknapp was quoted as saying by The Sun.

“He leads by example and puts his life on the line in games. As witnessed in this very final in 2007 against Arsenal, when he swallowed his tongue, had to be revived — but wanted to play on!

“Vertonghen is a reliable defender but you cannot put him in the same class as Terry when it comes to influence on the team.”

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameAerial Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearancesMins Played
Jan Vertonghen 1.23 2.05 6.45 2.23 4.86 22 1,910
John Terry 1.15 0.77 5.31 2.69 3.5 26 2,340

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the two defenders have produced similar numbers this season though the Spurs man trumps Terry in four key categories taken from Premier League encounters.

The Belgian international has recorded more tackles, interceptions, effective clearances and ball recoveries per game than the former England international skipper.

One area where Terry comes out on top is in aerial duels won, with the 34-year-old renowned for being a defensive rock at set pieces and a real danger in the opposition box.

However, despite Vertonghen recording better figures in the Premier League this season, Terry’s leadership skills and influence can’t be put down to an exact number.

The Stamford Bridge idol has been one of Europe’s leading centre-backs over the past decade and he will be keen to add yet another trophy to an already almost insuperable amount on Sunday.

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