Do Tottenham have the Premier League's best players in these two positions?

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The north London side are far more solid at the back this season.

After nine Premier League games, Tottenham Hotspur's defensive record is a far cry from last season's mediocrity at the back.

Indeed, no side has conceded less than Mauricio Pochettino's men, while north London rivals Arsenal sit equal with them on seven goals against.

Manchester City and Manchester United are next in line, having conceded eight each, with every other top-flight team conceding 10 or more.

It's an impressive achievement and Tottenham's summer signing of Toby Alderweireld looks to have made all the difference.

And, the way the White Hart lane outfit are defending at the moment, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to suggest they have the best centre-backs/goalkeeper combination in the division...

The obvious competitors are Manchester City, with Joe Hart incredible in goal and Vincent Kompany equally so in defence. Arsenal, too, have Petr Cech and, Per Mertesacker aside, impressive centre-back options. United, meanwhile, boast one of the world's best goalkeepers - if not the outright best - in David de Gea and youthful promise with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and more.

At the very worst, though, Spurs' options are equal to all of the above. Jan Vertonghen still hasn't reached his best yet but, alongside Alderweireld, is far better than last season. Together, their years as friends make their partnership extremely strong.

In goal, Lloris is on par with the Premier League's best and, on his day, can out-save any of his rivals.

The Tottenham back line's real test will be keeping it up all season. But, right now, their centre-backs and goalkeeper are right up there.

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