Real Madrid welcome PSG, one of the most in-form teams in Europe in the round of 16 clash of this year’s UEFA Champions League as ‘Ronaldo v Neymar’ take the center stage, as Europe’s perennial competition returns with the thrill of knockout rounds, and so we take a look at the Combined XI squad, made out of players from both teams.
With such monumental talents on show, we take a look at the best set of 11 players in our Real Madrid v PSG predicted lineup. Before anyone contemplates if Cristiano Ronaldo makes the cut, of course, he does because a player of Ronaldo’s caliber cannot be left out of any combined XI featuring Real Madrid.
Real Madrid v PSG Combined XI
Goalkeeper – Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)
Despite all the rumours of David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois being the next Hollywood signing for Real Madrid, Keylor Navas has maintained his professionalism and has been putting an 8/10 performance every single week, which I think is commendable. And with Alphonse Areola still finding his feet at PSG, it was only fitting that Navas is in goal for our Real Madrid v PSG Combined XI.
Right-back – Dani Alves (PSG)
Dani Alves has the most amazing European Competition record following his success with Sevilla, Barcelona and later on with Juventus. Alves is with PSG hoping to emulate those successes and continues to play at the highest level, which is why he has a deserving spot in the Combined XI for Real Madrid v PSG
Left-back – Marcelo (Real Madrid)
This was very marginal as Marcelo has endured a tough season with Real Madrid where his pace, attacking vision, and defensive solidarity has evaded him at times. However, PSG have Layvin Kurzawa as the competition for Marcelo for a place in our Real Madrid v PSG Combined XI so the Brazilian gets the nod but ONLY JUST.
Central Defenders – Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane
There was definitely a case for Thiago Silva or Marquinhos to be included but those two have lacked consistency this season and are also suffering from constant injury concerns. However, with Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, any team would feel confident of having the best center-back pairing in European football. Both are utterly confident with the ball at their feet and are never shy of going into a tackle and win an aerial duel making them an ideal choice for our Real Madrid v PSG Combined XI.
Defensive Midfield – Casemiro (Real Madrid)
Perhaps the kind of player PSG should have signed the summer because the defensive midfield is the only area they aren’t world class at the moment but this guy is. Casemiro can stake his claim to be the best holding midfielders in the game right now and it is hardly a surprise that he finds a way to our Real Madrid v PSG Combined XI.
Central Midfielders – Luka Modric and Marco Verrati
Despite a struggling season for Real Madrid, there is one player whose performance levels have not dropped and it’s the little magician Luka Modric. The Croatian is still the heart of Real Madrid’s midfield and would lead the attack in our Real Madrid v PSG Combined XI in a 3-man midfield setup.
Partnering Modric will be the young Italian Marco Verratti who is building on to his reputation of being one of the best sitters in the modern game. Verratti’s inclusion has come at the expense of Toni Kroos who has failed to replicate his form from the last few seasons.
Right Wing – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
There have been suggestions about Cristiano Ronaldo’s decline and how the Portuguese superstar is no longer able to win matches on his own, well, he did score a hat-trick over the weekend and reminded everyone of his abilities to play at the very top level, didn’t he? Ronaldo has 9 Champions League goals this season, still more than anyone else and it was almost fitting that he finds a way in our Real Madrid v PSG Combined XI.
Left Wing – Neymar (PSG)
A lot was said and discussed about Neymar’s €222million move to PSG, however, if early signs are to be believed, the Brazilian has been nothing sort of sensation with a return of 29 goals and 16 assists for the Ligue 1 side this season. Neymar has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer so it can very well be an audition for the former Barcelona star when he visits Santiago Bernabeu one more time in an opposition shirt.
Striker – Edinson Cavani (PSG)
The Uruguayan striker may not be fit for the first leg but he could come back to play a key role in the 2nd leg which will be played at PSG’s home ground. Cavani has scored 29 goals for club and country this season and became PSG’s all-time top goalscorer about a fortnight back.