Barcelona and Real Madrid clash in El Clasico this weekend, and for once it’s the team from Catalonia that head into the game in the throes of a crisis. Yes, they recently had less than 50% possession in their game with Real Sociedad.
A dark cloud may be hanging over the Nou Camp, but in Clasico games you can generally throw the form book out of the window. The intense hype that surrounds the spectacle of Barca Real encounters tends to rile up both sets of players (and, when Mourinho was there, the managers too).
Given that both teams boast an attacking trio capable of gracing pretty much any team throughout football’s 150-year history, choosing a combined XI for the two teams isn’t going to be easy. But we’ve given it our best shot…
Goalkeeper is arguably the weakest position betewen the two squads, but Navas' experience gives him the nod ahead of Marc-André ter Stegen.
Nominally a midfielder, Sergi Roberto has proven himself an able deputy for Dani Alves, and has a slight edge over the patchy Carvajal and Danilo.
Ramos has been one of the most consistent centre-backs around over his time at Real Madrid, and has two Champions League final goals to his name.
Pique has his share of critics in Spain but there can be no doubting his defensive ability. The former Utd youngster is a magnet for the ball and rarely puts a foot wrong in possession.
Roberto Carlos said Marcelo was the best left-back in the world, and really, who are we to argue?
Consummate professional and all-round charmer Busquets is THE blueprint for a defensive midfielder - end of discussion.
The toughest choice to make; but Iniesta beats out Modric by the skin of his teeth. He's simply a class act.
Neymar or Gareth Bale? The latter is more explosive but Neymar's deft skill is a joy to behold, and the Brazilian is three years younger too.
Messi had an off-season last year, finding the net a measly 41 times. But we're prepared to give him a shot as our no. 10.
Is Ronaldo past his best? Maybe, but he's still scoring more often than John Terry on the Chelsea skipper's teammates.
Barca frontman and vampire Suarez is looking hungrier than ever ahead of this weekend, which is bad news for Real Madrid defenders.
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One hell of a side. Tough on Bale, but makes sense given the Welshman’s injury and being pre-occupied with gang members.
How does this combined XI compare with the 21st century Barcelona and Real Madrid best ever XI…
Staying too long at one club is the curse of many footballers. But Casillas should be remembered for his glory days at Real Madrid. Image Source: Twitter
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The bloke hangs out with Kevin Spacey. Nuff said. Image Source: Twitter
Call this just us producing next season's best Real Madrid and Barcelona combined XI.
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The real midfield King. Image Source: Twitter
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CR7 acknowledging his parents, the footballing Gods. Image Source: Twitter
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