The tie of the Champions League quarter-finals has got to be Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain going toe-to-toe – that’s unless you bump into a group football hipsters, who will tell you that they’re excited by the prospect of Wolfsburg’s Max Kruse going up against Pepe at the Bernabeu?.
When two heavyweights collide, it’s the done thing – from chats down the local watering hole to the biggest sports publications in the world – to put together your combined XI.
So, in a 3-2-3-2 formation that will basically just end up in a 3-2-and everyone just go crazy upfront; here’s our combined starting line-up.
The England No.1’s future is reportedly in question with the arrival of Pep Guardiola this summer. However, given the fact that the elite clubs in Europe would want to sign the ‘keeper if he were to become available, says it all.
PSG’s Salvatore Sirigu feels like one of those goalies that no one really knows anything about and doesn’t have a clue if he’s actually any good – well apart from the fact he’s decent on FIFA.
If we were living in a fictional world where the big Belgium defender wasn’t injured, then he’d probably be the first name on the team-sheet (before Zlatan would tear it up and then put his name first).
Want to know how good the Brazilian is? PSG spending £33million on acquiring Silva’s signature from AC Milan is deemed a bargain.
You’ll have every right to laugh. However, with the sensible and calm heads of Silva and Kompany, this XI will benefit – and allow for – the former Chelsea defender’s eccentricity.
Also, he’s not as bad as people make out but once an opinion is formed in football, it’s very hard to change it.
How the Italian isn’t at a Bayern Munich or Real Madrid yet, I’ll never know. The boy is class.
Think N’Golo Kante. Only better. Much better.
Angel Di Maria
— Betfect (@betfect) January 28, 2016
Don’t let the failed season at Old Trafford kid you that the former Real Madrid man is nothing but world-class.
No place for David Silva is a controversial move, but the Spaniard slows the game down too often. Which is something that this make-believe XI just can’t afford with players it has in the final third buzzing around.
Kevin De Bruyne
Man City will now definitely get top four and it’s all because the Belgium international is back from a long-term injury. The fact the former Chelsea attacker is just as important to Manuel Pellegrini’s side as Kompany and Aguero means he is well worth a starting spot.
Of course there’s going to be a spot for the best striker in Premier League history.