2017/18 La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI
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With La Liga title already in their bag, Barcelona welcome their arch-rivals Real Madrid later this weekend with a hope of upstaging them once more and continue their dominance over Zinedine Zidane’s team in the League football. Barcelona have won 6 of the last 9 League meetings against Real Madrid with 2 of those games ending in draws. Despite winning 3 Champions League titles in last 4 seasons, Real Madrid have found it very hard to beat Barcelona in La Liga which is reflected in the La Liga table where Barcelona are the Champions with 86 points while Real Madrid are 3rd in the table with 71 points to their name. Both these sides have dominated the FIFPRO and UEFA team of the season over the years and it is fitting that ahead of this mega-encounter, we take a look at the Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI featuring in-form and available players from both the teams. Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI is perhaps the most attractive Combined XI in world football as it brings together some of the finest players in all positions. The biggest name missing from the upcoming Real Madrid vs Barcelona fixture is the right-back Dani Carvajal who is nursing a thigh injury and will not be a part of our Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI

Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)

The biggest reason for Barcelona’s dominant La Liga win this season has been their strong defense where Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has kept 18 Clean Sheets this season and will be aiming for his 19th La Liga clean sheets this season. The greater number of clean sheets saw Keylor Navas miss out in our Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI as the Costa Rican keeper has only managed 6 clean sheets this season which has been one of the reasons why Real Madrid have slipped in the League title this season.

Defenders: Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)

With Dani Carvajal out injured, Sergi Roberto finds a place in our Real Madrid vs Barcelona combined XI and will slot in the right-back position given the lack of players in this position. Lucas Vazquez played in this position for Real Madrid in the semi-final of Champions League 2017/18 season but Roberto is the best bet to start in our Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI.

Gerard Pique (Barcelona)

Central defender position in the Real Madrid vs Barcelona combined XI picks itself with Gerard Pique leading the way. Pique is regarded as one of the most compact defenders in the game where he is equally capable in both the boxes and will find himself a place in any combined XI side.

Sergio Ramos – Captain (Real Madrid)

If Pique is the most compact defender then Sergio Ramos is the most complete central defender in the current game. Ramos is a menace in attacking box where he is capable of scoring anytime and in terms of defending, there isn’t any defender as combative and aggressive as Sergio Ramos. The Real Madrid central defender has proved himself to be a big-game player and literally walks into our Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI.

Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI has 2 of the best left-back options in Jordi Alba and Marcelo where we have gone with Marcelo given his recent form for the Los Blancos. Marcelo was a menace for both Juventus and Bayern Munich in the Champions League and has been Real Madrid’s most consistent defender and is one of the real reasons behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s success from the left-hand side.

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)

If you do not follow Barcelona’s games every single week, you may not understand the impact Sergio Busquets has on the Catalan side. Busquets makes Barcelona tick with his accurate and sublime passing abilities. According to Barcelona players, Busquets already sets the next move for the players with his passing. If Busquets plays a pass behind any player, he has to play it sideways or return to him and if he plays the pass in front of any player, he can make the forward and look to impact the play. It was almost impossible to leave out Sergio Busquets from our Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Given the attacking nature of Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI, it is fitting to keep another holding midfielder in the side and who better than Toni Kroos to play in that role given his wide range of passing and ability to hold the play. Kroos and Busquets in the same team will be a fantasy for all he managers and while they cannot play in the same team, they can indeed be put together in our Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI.

Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)

With Busquets and Kroos already in the Real Madrid vs Barcelona Combined XI, this team needed a quality playmaker to pull the strings from midfield and we have gone with Philippe Coutinho in our Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI. While this selection could be seen unjust given how Coutinho has been playing in the league since January 2018, however, Coutinho’s numbers in that little spell has been better than Luka Modric which is why Modric failed to make it to the Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI. Coutinho has 5 assists and created 26 chances in 13 league matches for Barcelona, which is equivalent to Modric’s numbers from 23 matches this season.

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Is this even up for a debate as players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the first names on any team sheet and especially a Combined XI for an El Clasico game. Messi has 29 goals and 12 assists in La Liga this season and is once again the main man for Barcelona in leading the club to their 4th La Liga title in 6 last 6 seasons.

Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

After starting the 2017/18 season on a low, Luis Suarez picked up the pace in second half of the season and has once again hit the 20-goal mark in La Liga this season. Barcelona vs Real Madrid combined XI will feature the Uruguayan striker leading the line with Messi playing in support from the right wing. Suarez has scored 23 goals this season and has put all talks of him leaving the club next season on hold.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Although Cristiano Ronaldo will not be happy from his league position this season, one cannot question Ronaldo’s contribution to Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign. Ronaldo’s 5-game ban earlier in the season did cost him the shot to finish as La Liga’s top scorer as he has 24 goals to his name as compared to Messi’s 29 goals. Much like Messi, Ronaldo owns these big matches and is only fitting that both Messi and Ronaldo find a spot in our Barcelona vs Real Madrid Combined XI.

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