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El Clasico XI – Combined XI between Real Madrid and Barcelona

As we head into El Clasico this weekend, let’s have a look at who would make it into the combined 11

Keylor Navas

Real Madrid’s player of the season last year, Keylor Navas has continued his good form despite many at the Bernabeu calling for his head. Navas has had a big hand in Real Madrid’s 10 clean sheets in La Liga averaging 2.4 saves per game with a success rate of 95% at the goal.

Dani Carvajal

The Spanish full-back is the engine of the team, always running, fighting off the best attackers in the league. His runs down the right and crosses are things to watch out for this El Clasico.

 

 

Sergio Ramos

Arguably one of the best centre-backs in the world, Ramos has saved Real’s blushes countless times with his late headers. Having scored 7 goals this season, his attacking mindset and aggression would surely be a key factor in the game.

Gerard Pique

Class, character and aerial strength, Pique’s biggest powers as he enters the pitch. With the ability to convert from set-pieces, he provides extra options for his team during corners and free kicks. He’s also got good skill and technique, making him an all-round defender.

Marcelo

Who else but Marcelo at left-back. The flamboyant Brazilian is all about pace and attack. He’s created 32 chances this season, the most for any defender. He’s also provided 8 assists in his 21 appearances this season, also the most by any defender. His last defensive performance included keeping Robben at bay in the Champions League, which is no small task.

 

 

Sergio Busquets

One of the best when it comes to making interceptions, Busquets is still better than Casemiro despite his age, making the right tackle more often than not. His passing and vision give a reminiscence of Barcelona from Guardiola’s time.  

Toni Kroos

He can create space for a pass out of thin air. Combine this with the ability to shoot with both feet equally well and you get Toni Kroos. The German has assisted in 13 goals this season and his vision will surely aid Real in winning El Clasico

Luka Modric

Luka Modric can play anywhere in the midfield. Falling back whenever required and still being able to control the offence. Always unselfish, this man plays for the team and has created a ton of chances for Real Madrid. Truly one of a kind.

Leo Messi

Leo Messi is La Liga's top scorer with 29 goals. In a tie that includes two of the greatest footballers of all time, his nifty footwork and dazzling ball control is sure to leave us amazed.

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

One of the most prolific and consistent goal scorers in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t need any introduction. He scored his 100th European goal earlier this week against Bayern. He would love to add to his tally of 19 goals in La Liga.

Luiz Suarez

He’s been a goal-scoring machine this season notching up 24 goals in La Liga. His form has never dipped since arrival at Barca in 2014 from Liverpool, scoring 80 goals in his 92 appearances for the club. His partnership with Neymar and Messi has created the best attacking trio Barcelona has ever had.

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